Tue 28 May 2024 11:50 am - Jerusalem Time

UNRWA: About a million citizens were forcibly displaced from Rafah within 3 weeks

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said that one million citizens were forced to flee from the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip during the past three weeks, as a result of the Israeli aggression and violent bombing of the city.

The agency added, through its account on the “X” platform, today, Tuesday, that about one million people were displaced from Rafah during the past three weeks, despite the fact that there was no safe place to go, amid the Israeli bombing.

It pointed out that the lack of food and water, the accumulation of piles of waste, and the unsuitable living conditions make providing assistance almost impossible day after day.

The wave of displacement comes as the occupation army expanded its incursion into Rafah at dawn on Tuesday, becoming 3 kilometers from the seashore, and approaching geographically isolating the sector from Egyptian territory.

Coinciding with its incursion, 16 citizens were martyred in bombing on Rafah, 7 of them in a new targeting of displaced persons’ tents in the Tal al-Sultan neighborhood, northwest of the city, after 45 citizens were martyred on Sunday evening, by bombing the same area that the occupation claimed was “safe” and people could move to.

On May 6, the occupation army announced the start of a military operation in Rafah, ignoring international warnings about its repercussions, and the next day it took control of the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing.

With the approval of 13 of its members and the rejection of two members, the International Court of Justice issued, on Friday, new temporary measures demanding that Israel immediately stop its attack on Rafah, and maintain the opening of the Rafah crossing to facilitate the entry of aid into Gaza, and to submit a report to the court within a month on the steps it has taken in this regard. .

These new measures came from the court, which is the highest judicial body in the United Nations, in response to a request from South Africa as part of a comprehensive lawsuit filed by Pretoria at the end of December 2023, accusing the Israeli occupation government of committing genocide crimes in Gaza.


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UNRWA: About a million citizens were forcibly displaced from Rafah within 3 weeks