Over 123,000 people displaced in Gaza Strip due to aggression

World Monday 09/October/2023 20:54 PM
Over 123,000 people displaced in Gaza Strip due to aggression

New York: The United Nations (UN) on Monday said that over 123,000 people have been displaced in the Gaza Strip considering the persistent Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip for the third day.

“Over 123,538 people have been internally displaced in Gaza, mostly due to fear, protection concerns, and the destruction of their homes,” said the UN’s humanitarian agency, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs  (OCHA).

More than 73,000 are sheltering in schools, OCHA added, some of which have been designated emergency shelters, while the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) announced that nearly 74,000 Palestinians fled to 64 schools and shelters in Gaza strip, warning against the constant shelling that targeted one of its schools.

Palestinian Health Ministry
The Palestinian Ministry of Health warned that the mounting Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip aggravates the health situation as hospitals are facing a major shortage of electricity, medicines, and fuel due to the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip.

Most areas in Gaza are off the grid because the Israeli entity has stopped supplying Gaza with energy after imposing a full blockade, with the national supplier being unable to supply the strip with electricity needs which is obviously less than 20 percent.

The persistent crisis of electricity poses a challenge for the health system and a risk for hundreds of wounded people and patients in the sensitive sections, the ministry said in a statement on Monday.

It added that technical and engineering crews are operating around the clock to ensure the operation of electric generators that require 40,000 liters of diesel per day in case of a power blackout for 12 hours.

The ministry has called on the international community and all relevant entities to ramp up pressure on the Israeli occupation to recommission the power grids because any lack of electricity will pose a danger to the health and humanitarian system and called for urgent action on the part of all entities to provide these essentials.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) pointed out that the occupation’s fighter jets are directly targeting ambulance vehicles and have so far targeted an ambulance vehicle carrying wounded people and destroyed it with the medical crew being injured, stressing that since the onset of the Israeli aggression on Gaza, the occupation has been intentionally targeting civil and ambulance vehicles carrying injured people.

For the third day, the occupation warplanes continued launching hundreds of airstrikes on Gaza targeting residential towers and critical infrastructures.

Arab League
Meanwhile in Cairo, The Arab League (AL) Council at the level of foreign ministers will hold a meeting at the League’s headquarters on Wednesday to discuss the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, at the request of the State of Palestine.

In a statement on Monday, Ambassador Hossam Zaki, Assistant Secretary-General of the Arab League said that this emergency session of the Council will be chaired by Morocco, the current president of the Ministerial Council of the Arab League.

On Sunday, Palestine announced that it submitted a memorandum requesting an emergency meeting of the Arab League’s Council of Arab foreign ministers to be convened at the earliest possible date. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss ways to halt the ongoing Israeli aggression on Gaza, hold its perpetrators accountable, provide international protection for the Palestinian people, and achieve peace and security based on international law, legitimate international resolutions, and the Arab Peace Initiative.