According to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on Tuesday, 1110 men, women and children of all ages have nowhere to go.

It says the Israeli military demolished or damaged beyond repair 131 residential buildings since the start of May, bringing to 17,594 the total number of people who have lost their homes in Gaza.

The majority of the demolitions have taken place in Rafah in the south, where 11,215 people have already been made homeless.

Many more thousands watched as their homes were bulldozed in the region of the Kissufim Road, near an illegal settlement.

Punishing the innocent

Uprooted olive trees and rubble
for a home - but no reason

UNRWA Commissioner-General Peter Hansen said the "overwhelming majority of the more than 17,000 Palestinians who have lost their homes in Gaza since the start of the intifada have been guilty of nothing more than living in the wrong place at the wrong time." 

As the largest humanitarian operation in the occupied Palestinian territory, UNRWA has been providing those who have lost their homes with water, food, blankets and cash assistance.

With funding from donors, the Agency has been able to build new shelters for several hundred of the homeless families, but its resources are unable to meet the growing number of demolitions.