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February 03, 2016
Homeless Gazans struggle during harsh winter
Khan Yunis, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Jan 31, 2016
Azza al-Najjar struggles in vain to keep her two-year-old warm by wrapping him in blankets in her prefabricated metal home as a winter storm lashes the Gaza Strip. "The cold increases the suffering of people here," the 24-year-old mother says. "My son has breathing problems and with the weather his condition has worsened." The family have been staying in the temporary home in the city of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza since theirs was destroyed in the 2014 war between Israel and Palestinian mil ... read more

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