The Gaza Strip is increasingly tense. In the latest AFP update, the UN informed that Israel has requested the relocation of 1.1 residents in northern Gaza.
Israel even asked residents to leave their land within 24 hours. They were asked to move to the south side of the city.
“The UN firmly requests that such an order, if it is true, be cancelled,” stressed UN Secretary General spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, to AFP, Friday (13/10/2023).
“To avoid things that could turn a situation that has become a tragedy into a disaster,” stressed the UN again.
In detail, the area in question is Wadi. Dujarric said the same order also applies to all UN staff and those in UN facilities, including schools, health centers and clinics.
It should be noted that the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) accommodated more than 60% of the 423,000 people who were displaced in the last few days in the Gaza Strip. It is not yet clear how many people are currently north of Wadi Gaza.
“The UN considers movements like (Israel’s) impossible without dire humanitarian consequences,” said Dujarric.
Earlier, on Saturday, the armed group Hamas stormed a city in Israel, when hundreds of people were attending a music festival in Israel. It was reported that 1,200 people were killed and 150 others were taken hostage.
Israel responded with a hail of air and artillery strikes on Gaza, a densely populated Hamas enclave with a population of 2.3 million people. It leveled buildings and killed more than 1,400 people, many of them civilians.
The UN Security Council itself will meet to discuss the conflict this Friday. As a result of the attack, at the beginning of the week oil prices rose 4%.
Source : CNBC