The cost of meeting the needs of 2.7 million people in the Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank is estimated to be $1.2 billion, the UN humanitarian affairs office said on Friday.

Iran PressEurope: Spokesperson Jens Laerke told a UN press briefing in Geneva that the agency will update its flash appeal accordingly on Monday, noting that the initial appeal, launched on Oct. 12, asked for $294 million to support nearly 1.3 million people.

On the number of displaced people, he said the figure has swelled to nearly 1.5 million in Gaza.

This includes nearly 700,000 people sheltering in 149 UNRWA facilities, "reaching almost four times their intended capacity," he added

"To give you a picture, this means that in some shelters up to 240 people are living in classrooms of 40 to 60 square meters," he said, giving the example of the Khan Younis Training Centre. He said the center is currently hosting 22,100 displaced people, "more than ten times its capacity."

The Israeli army has expanded its air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip, which has been under relentless airstrikes since the surprise offensive by Hamas on Oct. 7.

Over 9, 200 Palestinian people have been killed in the conflict, including 3800 children and more than 23000 have been injured. 219

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