More than 100,000 homes remain damaged or destroyed in Gaza six months after a conflict with Israel, as lack of funds and a blockade continue to hamper reconstruction.Around 96,000 homes were destroyed in the bombardment, leaving tens of thousands of families struggling in the harsh winter without a home. And aid agencies say that number is set to increase due to dwindling relief and slow restoration.
Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism, an UN-brokered deal between Israeli and Palestinian authorities - an agreement was reached to enable construction work "on a large scale" in the area.
However, it includes an arrangement that restricts the flow of "dual use" materials into Gaza, comprising of cement and other essential building materials, supplies that could be seized for military purposes by Hamas.
The agency claimed that to date, it had only received $135m (£87.8m) in pledges, leaving a shortfall of $585m (£380.6m), and the number provided to Palestinian refugee families to repair the homes was far less.
Aid agencies have subsequently found innovative ways to temporarily accommodate Gazans, as temperatures plummet in the strip.
The Catholic Relief Services told Reuters that the agency had built 70 temporary homes in Khan Younis, a town in southern Gaza heavily damaged in the 50-day war, and has funding for 100 more. Forty families are reported to have moved so far, but remain in cramped conditions.
A UNRWA spokesman told Channel 4 News that some material was being allowed in to the territory, but it was still not enough. Christopher Gunness said: "We had to suspend the programme because we ran out of cash.