Middle East

Just 100,000 people remain in southern Rafah following Israeli offensive, UN agency says

From CNN’s Ibrahim Dahman and Manveena Suri

Nearly all internally displaced persons have left Gaza’s southernmost city of Rafah, according to the United Nations’ agency for Palestinian refugees.

Only around 100,000 people are still in the area as of June 5, according to an update posted by UNRWA on X Saturday.

All UNRWA shelters in Rafah have also been vacated.

At least 1.2 million displaced Palestinians were estimated by aid agencies and NGOs to be sheltering in Rafah prior to Israel’s assault on the city on May 6, having fled the fighting elsewhere in Gaza.

A total of 1.7 million people are displaced across the Gaza Strip, with families that have already been displaced several times on the move again due to “military operations and Israeli evacuation orders,” according to UNRWA.

As Israel continues its incursion into Rafah, Israel launched a new military operation in central Gaza earlier this week.

Dozens were killed just days ago by a strike on a school run by UNRWA in Nuseirat in central Gaza. An estimated 6,000 people had been sheltering there.

Related Articles

Back to top button