At least 600,000 Palestinians have fled northern Gaza for fear of an Israeli army invasion, according to the UN.
The UN has confirmed that at least 600,000 Palestinians have arrived in the central and southern Gaza Strip, among the 1.1 million civilians ordered by the Israeli army to evacuate the entire northern area, which has been under Israeli bombardment since the attacks by the Islamist group Hamas against towns near the enclave. The population of the northern Strip has been fearing an invasion by the Israeli Armed Forces for days.
“The number of internally displaced people in Gaza City and the north cannot be determined due to insecurity and the constant movement of people,” said the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA).
Their estimates show that half of the people who fled – fearing increased attacks or Israeli forces reoccupying this Palestinian territory – are in or around United Nations emergency shelters. , with the hope that these places will be respected. “Many people are sleeping outside and this includes many children, the elderly, the disabled, the sick and pregnant women,” he said.
According to the UN, there is a “severe limitation of food, water and medicine”, while the despair of Palestinians over the conditions they are suffering is growing.
On the other hand, OCHA said that there is approximately 24 hours of fuel left for the operation of the generators which allows the health facilities to continue operating, albeit in a limited way. “The loss of generators will put the lives of hundreds of patients at risk,” he warned.
Gaza has recorded the death of at least 2,750 people in the nine-day war, the highest number in the enclave’s history, according to the Strip’s Health Ministry. The Palestinian Civil Defense estimates, based on the number of missing people, that there may be more than a thousand additional dead under the rubble. This added up to more than 9,700 Palestinian injuries. On the Israeli side, about 1,400 people died and 3,621 were injured. (Ephesians)