Sat 09 Dec 2023 8:40 am - Jerusalem Time

UNRWA official: Civil order is collapsing in Gaza

An official at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) warned that civil order is collapsing in Gaza, where a devastating war has been raging between Israel and the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) for more than two months.

UNRWA operations official in the Gaza Strip, Thomas White, said in his account on the (X) platform, “Civil order is collapsing in Gaza. The streets look lonely, especially after dark.”

White also warned of the spread of famine among the population of Gaza, and said that "some aid convoys are being looted and United Nations vehicles are being stoned. The local community is on the verge of complete collapse."

The UNRWA official published pictures showing thousands of Palestinians gathering around an UNRWA flour distribution center in the city of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, commenting that “hunger and disease haunt everyone.”

This comes as the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that the pace of humanitarian supplies entering the Gaza Strip is declining daily.

The UN office stated that yesterday witnessed the entry of 69 trucks loaded with humanitarian supplies and 61,000 liters of fuel from Egypt into Gaza, a number much lower than the daily average of 170 trucks and 110,000 liters of fuel that entered during the humanitarian truce between November 24 and 30. the past.

He explained that the aforementioned numbers do not compare with the average load of 500 trucks (including fuel) that entered the Gaza Strip to meet humanitarian needs before the start of the Israeli war on October 7th.

According to the statement, the United Nations’ ability to receive large amounts of aid has been greatly affected during the past few days due to several factors, including the shortage of trucks inside Gaza, after some of them were stranded in the central region, which was separated from the south, in addition to the communication interruption and the increasing number of employees. Those who were unable to come to the Rafah crossing due to the ongoing Israeli attacks on all areas of the Gaza Strip.

It is estimated that nearly 1.9 million people in Gaza, or approximately 85% of the population, have become internally displaced, according to UNRWA.

Nearly 1.2 million of these displaced people have been registered in 156 UNRWA facilities throughout Gaza, including about one million registered in 98 UNRWA shelters in the southern Gaza Strip.


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UNRWA official: Civil order is collapsing in Gaza