Palestinian drone footage reveals the extent of destruction in the Gaza Strip

Palestinian drone footage reveals the extent of destruction in the Gaza Strip

Gaza could be unliveable within five years, a report from the UN has warned.

The devastated Strip – home to approximately 1.8 million people – has had “no time for meaningful reconstruction or economic recovery” after Israel’s 8 year long economic blockade and last summer’s Operation Protective Edge, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development says.

The annual report of the UN agency, a development body which provides assistance to displaced Palestinians, said: “The social, health and security-related ramifications of the high population density and overcrowding are among the factors that may render Gaza unliveable by 2020, if present trends continue.”

It added: “Reconstruction efforts are extremely slow relative to the magnitude of devastation, and Gaza’s local economy did not have a chance to recover.”

Israeli authorities recently relaxed regulations on its ‘dual usage list’ – which proscribes certain items that could be used as weapons by terrorists – to aid reconstruction.

The scale of destruction and the struggle to reconstruct Gaza that lies ahead was illustrated in stark detail by a Channel 4 News report fronted by Jon Snow last month.