A Palestinian man looks out of his tent erected near the ruins of his house that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, on a rainy day east of Gaza City February 19, 2015. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Aid agencies struggling to shelter thousands of Gazans made homeless by war have resorted to building makeshift temporary homes out of metal and wood to evade Israeli restrictions on imports into Gaza.Around 150,000 families are still homeless after last year's war between Israel and Hamas, in which Israeli bombardment destroyed thousands of apartment buildings and homes. "We designed the transitional shelters without any dual use items so that within the existing restrictions, we could get as many vulnerable families as possible out of the elements," said Matt McGarry, Catholic Relief Services local representative.His agency has built 70 single story wooden temporary homes amid the rubble and smashed concrete of Khan Younes, a town in southern Gaza heavily damaged in the July-August war, and has funding for 100 more. "It is only temporary," said Maryam Baraka, 58, sitting on a plastic chair outside the shelter which now houses 13 members of her family.The rubble of their two-story home nearby has not been cleared away since it was destroyed by Israeli bombardment.
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