UNRWA Chief's Visit to Gaza: Labels Current Situation as 'Unprecedented
Philippe Lazzarini says 70 UNRWA staff have been killed in Gaza since Oct. 7
Table of Contents (Show / Hide)
The Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) made a significant statement during his first visit to Gaza since the commencement of Israel's conflict with Hamas. Philippe Lazzarini stated that the situation in Gaza is unparalleled in its severity. He entered the region for the first time in nearly four weeks, expressing deep concern about the scale of the tragedy unfolding.
Lazzarini's visit included an inspection of an UNRWA-managed school in Rafah, located in the southern part of Gaza, which is currently serving as a shelter for Palestinians. He described the conditions as severely overcrowded, with inhabitants enduring unimaginable distress and unsanitary living conditions. Basic necessities such as water and food were in high demand.
Furthermore, Lazzarini highlighted the heavy toll the conflict has taken on UNRWA staff, with 70 personnel losing their lives in Gaza since October 7.
According to a previous statement from UNRWA, over 670,000 individuals are seeking shelter in almost 150 crowded UNRWA facilities throughout Gaza. The conflict has intensified with the Israeli army's expansion of air and ground operations in the Gaza Strip. Hamas initiated a surprise offensive on October 7, prompting relentless airstrikes.
The ongoing conflict has resulted in a tragic loss of life, with over 10,300 people killed, including at least 8,796 Palestinians and more than 1,538 Israelis, according to Gaza's Health Ministry.
This is an independent news agency. We are a group of free and independent journalists from around the world who together try to revive human rights. Our mission is to investigate and provide the news and events happening around to reveal truth to you in seven living languages of the world.