Escalating Humanitarian Crisis in Rafah As Israeli Bombing Continue

Tue May 14 2024
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UNITED NATIONS: Nearly 360,000 people have fled Rafah in the last week due to ongoing deadly Israeli bombardment, according to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.

The situation has severely hampered humanitarian aid deliveries and resulted in the reported death of another UN aid worker. Israeli military leafleting ordering evacuations has added to the mass displacement.

UNRWA has highlighted the urgent need for safe passage for humanitarian aid and workers amidst restricted access to Gaza. The agency reports ongoing bombardments and evacuation orders, exacerbating displacement and fear among families, particularly in the north of the enclave.

The death of another UNRWA staff member, believed to have been killed in an Israeli strike in Deir Al Balah, further underscores the dire situation. The agency mourns the loss of its dedicated staff, emphasizing the devastating toll the conflict has taken on civilians and aid workers alike.

The UN has reiterated its appeal for $2.8 billion to support millions of people in Gaza and the West Bank over the coming months. Humanitarian officials stress the urgent need for funding to provide essential services and relief to those affected by the conflict.

World Health Organization warns of the precarious health situation in Rafah, where access to healthcare and life-saving supplies is jeopardized by fuel shortages. The potential for an expanded military operation in Rafah raises concerns about increased demand for fuel, further threatening humanitarian efforts.

As the conflict continues to escalate, international efforts to address the humanitarian crisis and support those affected are crucial. The ongoing violence underscores the urgent need for a ceasefire to prevent further loss of life and alleviate the suffering of civilians caught in the crossfire.

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