UNRWA warns about repeat of horrors in Gaza
UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said the resumption of the Israeli military operation and its expansion further in southern Gaza is repeating horrors from past weeks.
number of civilians killed is rapidly increasing. Civilians, including men,
women, children, older persons, the sick and people with disabilities are the
most to suffer, Lazzarini said.
forces’ bombardment is ongoing following another evacuation order to move
people from Khan Younis into Rafah. The order created panic, fear and anxiety.
At least an additional 60,000 people were forced to move to already overcrowded
UNRWA shelters, with more asking to be sheltered. Many have already been
displaced more than once fleeing the war in other parts of Gaza, he said in a
evacuation order pushes people to concentrate into what is less than one-third
of the Gaza Strip, he said, adding that they need everything: food,
water, shelter, and mostly safety. Roads to the south are clogged.
to water is limited, as the Israeli operation has prevented access to the
largest desalination plant in Gaza that previously provided drinking water for
350,000 people. The largest hospital in southern Gaza with over 1,000
in-patients and sheltering 17,000 displaced people may cease to operate due to
lack of supplies and insufficient personnel.
the UN has thousands of tents and plans to open new refugee camps in Rafah are
false, he stressed.
said it repeatedly and we are saying it again that no place is safe in Gaza,
whether in the south, or the southwest, whether in Rafah or any unilaterally
so-called ‘safe zone’.
show that the latest developments are further strangling the humanitarian
operation, with limited supplies going in and complex logistical and
coordination arrangements that slow down and at times obstruct the flow. The
Israeli Authorities continue to restrict the flow of humanitarian supplies,
including fuel, forcing the UN to only use the ill-equipped crossing point with
official also called on Israel to reopen Kerem Shalom and other crossings and
facilitate the unconditional, uninterrupted and meaningful delivery of
lifesaving humanitarian assistance, because the failure to do so violates
international humanitarian law.
of the humanitarian pause has already brought further suffering, loss and grief
to civilians wherever they are; so, we call for a humanitarian ceasefire, he