Gaza residents have no safe place to go: UN
The United Nations says Israel’s indiscriminate strikes on the Gaza Strip and incessant evacuation orders have left displaced Palestinians with “no safe place” to go.
The world body's
humanitarian team leader stationed in Gaza reported a lack of space for
displaced Palestinians, likening the situation to a “human chessboard,” as
thousands of people have been displaced more than once.
“People were heading
south with mattresses and all of their belongings in vans and in trucks and in
cars in order to try and find somewhere safe,” Gemma Connell said during her
visit to Deir al-Balah in central Gaza.
Connell noted that
many are left without a clear refuge in Rafah due to the extreme congestion.
“There’s so little
space left here in Rafah that people just don’t know where they will go, and it
really feels like people being moved around a human chessboard because there’s
an evacuation order somewhere.”
“People flee that
area into another area. But they’re not safe there,” she said.
The UN official
added that Israeli strikes spared no areas in the besieged strip, with strikes
hitting even those places which are not under “an evacuation order”, referring
to the tragic death of a nine-year-old boy named Ahmed in A-Aqsa Hospital in
Deir al-Balah, which was a supposed safe area.
“He was not in an
area under an evacuation order,” Connell said, adding “He was in an area that
was supposed to be safe. There is no safe place in Gaza.”
Israel launched the
war on Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas waged
the surprise Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity in response
to the Israeli regime’s decades-long campaign of bloodletting and devastation
Since the start of
the offensive, the Tel Aviv regime has killed at least 20,674 Palestinians and
injured more than 54,536 others.
Thousands more are
also missing and presumed dead under the rubble in Gaza, which is under
“complete siege” by Israel.