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34,000 Gazan women displaced since Israeli onslaught: NGO

Last year's Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip has led to the displacement of 34,697 Palestinian women, while 791 others lost their spouses, a Palestinian NGO said.

"Israel committed war crimes against Gazan women," Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights said in a statement marking International Women's Day.

"According to the monitoring and documentation operations carried out by the center, last summer's Israeli war on the strip has left 293 women dead," the NGO said.

"Moreover, 34,697 women have been displaced after their homes were destroyed, while Israeli forces razed 2,604 other homes owned by women," the NGO added.

The centre added that "791 Gazan women have lost their husbands because of the war, and 600 others suffered abortions."

Women in Gaza are living under dire conditions due to the Israeli blockade on the strip, which has been imposed since 2007, coupled with destruction caused by the 51-day onslaught on the strip last year, which left over 2,000 dead and thousands injured, the NGO noted.

The centre urged international rights group to support Gazan women and protect them against the continuous Israeli violations they're forced to endure.

International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8 of every year, showcasing the achievements of women in social, political and economic fields all over the world.

Images by MEMO Photographer Mohammed Asad.

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