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1 million people have fled Rafah over three weeks, UNRWA says

From CNN’s Ibrahim Dahman

About one million people have fled Rafah over the past three weeks, according to the UN’s main relief agency in Gaza (UNRWA).

“This happened with nowhere safe to go & amidst bombardments, lack of food & water, piles of waste & unsuitable living conditions,” UNRWA said in a post on X.

“Day after day, providing assistance & protection becomes nearly impossible,” the agency said.

Over a million Palestinians had been sheltering in Rafah before Israel ramped up airstrikes and ground operations there, many having fled to the city from other areas of Gaza after Israel launched its war on Hamas.

Israel had ordered thousands of civilians to leave some areas of Rafah as it intensified its military operations in the city.

Remember: Israel has vowed to press on with its Rafah offensive despite international outrage and a US warning not to proceed. The International Court of Justice has ordered Israel to halt its offensive in the city, adding to the unprecedented level of diplomatic pressure that Netanyahu is facing over the war in Gaza.

Days after the ICJ ruling, an Israeli airstrike on a displacement camp in Rafah killed at least 45 people, drawing global condemnation.

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