1.9 million Palestinians displaced across Gaza Strip since Oct 7: UN

Widespread destruction and killings caused by Israel in Gaza. [Photo: X]

Since October 7, 1.9 million, constituting over 80% of the Gaza Strip’s population, have faced forced displacement, as reported by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in a statement on Monday.

The conflict’s toll is further emphasised by the loss of 111 UNRWA staff members as of December 2.

Despite a brief humanitarian pause, the Israeli army resumed its bombardment of the Gaza Strip on Friday, following the conclusion of a week-long cessation. The health ministry in the besieged Palestinian enclave disclosed that the death toll resulting from Israeli attacks has now reached 15,899 since the conflict’s onset on October 7.

Simultaneously, the number of wounded has surged to 41,316, with the official Israeli death toll standing at 1,200.

The plight of displaced persons intensified during the initial stages of the conflict when Israel directed Palestinians in northern Gaza to relocate to the southern strip, suggesting increased safety despite warnings of a looming humanitarian catastrophe.

Unfortunately, subsequent events have demonstrated that no part of the strip remains immune, as Israel has targeted the southern region, prompting concerns amongst observers that safety is elusive across the entire territory. The situation underscores the ongoing humanitarian crisis and challenges faced by the residents of the Gaza Strip amid the protracted conflict.

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