The Israel-Hamas conflict, which erupted on October 7, has led to a staggering 123,538 people being internally displaced within Gaza in just three days, according to the UN.
UN’s Concern for Displaced Families
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) expressed deep concern, stating that these displacements were primarily driven by fear, protection concerns, and the widespread destruction of homes.
The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has stepped in to shelter these displaced individuals. Currently, 73,538 internally displaced people (IDPs) have found refuge in 64 UNRWA schools across Gaza. Among these shelters, 45 are designated as emergency shelters.
Challenges Amid Conflict
UNRWA spokesperson Adnan Abu Hasna anticipates a further increase in the number of displaced people. These schools are equipped with essential amenities, including electricity, meals, clean water, psychological support, and medical treatment to provide comfort to those affected.
School Hit by Airstrike
Tragically, one UNRWA school housing over 225 displaced individuals was directly hit by an airstrike. Fortunately, no casualties were reported among the displaced, but the school sustained significant structural damage.
Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza
It’s crucial to remember that Gaza is home to 2.3 million Palestinians who are facing the dire consequences of this escalating conflict. The situation remains highly challenging, with casualties rising on both sides.
The conflict continues to intensify, with over 493 Palestinians and more than 700 Israelis losing their lives. Additionally, nearly 3,000 individuals on both sides have been injured.
As the situation unfolds, it is essential to keep a close watch on developments in the Israel-Hamas conflict and its impact on the people of Gaza.