Nearly 100,000 refugees in Gaza face a second winter without proper housing, with just one of their homes rebuilt since being damaged or destroyed in conflict last year, said a United Nations agency that provides assistance in the region.
Families are living under tarpaulins, in animal shacks or with relatives and last winter, at least three children froze to death, said a spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, known as UNRWA.
"As the winter approaches, one shudders how these people are going to survive," the UNRWA spokesman, Christopher Gunness, said in an interview this week.
The agency helps some 5 million Palestinian refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.
"What these people need is proper homes," he said.