WHO says nearly 200,000 Palestinians need health aid after Gaza conflict
"WHO is scaling up its response to provide health aid for almost 200,000 people in need across the occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT)," which includes the West Bank, WHO's Eastern Mediterranean regional office said in a statement.
"The situation is volatile. WHO remains concerned... and calls for unhindered access for humanitarian and development-related essential supplies and staff into Gaza and referral of patients out of Gaza whenever needed," warned the WHO's Rik Peeperkorn.
Israeli strikes on the enclave killed 254 Palestinians, including 66 children, as well as some fighters, authorities there say.
Fire from Palestinian militants claimed 12 lives in Israel, including one child, a teenager and an Israeli soldier.
"Over 77,000 people were internally displaced and around 30 health facilities have been damaged" in the hostilities, the WHO statement said.
Egypt's heavily secured Rafah crossing is Gaza's only passage to the outside world not controlled by Israel.
The global healthy body said that as of May 31, "337,191 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 3,765 deaths have been reported in OPT, with positive cases increasing in Gaza in recent weeks".
It said that last month it launched an appeal for $7 million to help shore up its health operations in the Palestinian Territories, but had only received $2.3 million.