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United Nations: Gazans displaced in Rafah are sleeping in the open and fear an Israeli attack

Obstructing the distribution of aid

The Israeli army, which wants to eliminate Hamas after the October 7 attack, says it asks civilians in advance to evacuate areas where it intends to carry out operations, using phone messages, statements and postings on the Internet.

The United Nations says that about 80 percent of Gaza’s population of 2.3 million fled their homes during the war, and that many of them moved several times under the weight of aerial bombardment.

The city of Rafah is located about 13 kilometers from Khan Yunis, which is under violent attack. It is located on the border with Egypt, and the Rafah crossing is the only crossing point between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.

The United Nations report issued on Wednesday said that although some aid entered Gaza from Egypt through the crossing, the international organization faces obstacles in distributing it due to a shortage of trucks and the inability of employees to go to the Rafah crossing as a result of the escalation of hostilities since the end of the truce last week.

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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs stated in a report that most of the displaced people in Rafah are sleeping in the open due to the lack of tents, although the United Nations was able to distribute a few hundred of them.

Civilians arrived in the area after evacuation orders issued by the Israeli army, including areas in and around the city of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have already fled from northern Gaza to the south in the two-month-old conflict between Israel and Hamas.

With the latest waves of mass exodus, Palestinians are increasingly crowded near the Egyptian border in an area that the Israeli army says is safe.

Samir Abu Ali (45 years old), a father of five children, told Reuters from Rafah that the Israelis are lying and that there is no safe place in Gaza and that they will pursue them sooner or later in Rafah.

He went on to say that the Israelis wanted another Nakba, but he was determined not to go beyond Rafah to another place.

Other Gazans echoed his concerns.

Another displaced woman, who gave her name as Zainab, said by phone from Khan Yunis that Israel is pushing them towards Rafah and then will attack the place.

Obstructing the distribution of aid

The Israeli army, which wants to eliminate Hamas after the October 7 attack, says it asks civilians in advance to evacuate areas where it intends to carry out operations, using phone messages, statements and postings on the Internet.

The United Nations says that about 80 percent of Gaza’s population of 2.3 million fled their homes during the war, and that many of them moved several times under the weight of aerial bombardment.

The city of Rafah is located about 13 kilometers from Khan Yunis, which is under violent attack. It is located on the border with Egypt, and the Rafah crossing is the only crossing point between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.

The United Nations report issued on Wednesday said that although some aid entered Gaza from Egypt through the crossing, the international organization faces obstacles in distributing it due to a shortage of trucks and the inability of employees to go to the Rafah crossing as a result of the escalation of hostilities since the end of the truce last week.

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2023-12-07 05:04:54

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