Wrap-up of the month of May in Gaza

04 June 2024
Boy sitting in the rubble in Jabalia

From Philippe Lazzarini, the UNRWA Commissioner-General as posted on his official X account (previously known as Twitter)


End of May in #Gaza:

  • More than 1 million people - most displaced several times- forced to flee once again, in search of safety that they never find. 
  • All of our 36 @UNRWA shelters in #Rafah are empty now. This is where people seek shelter & should be protected at all times under the UN flag. 
  • @UNRWA had to stop health and other critical services in Rafah.
  • We are however committed to stay and deliver for the communities. We are now working from Khan Younis + the middle areas where 1.7 million people are living.
  • In Khan Younis, we restarted operations despite damage to all our facilities.
  • The humanitarian space continues to further shrink: @UNRWA was allowed to pick up just under 450 trucks in the past 3 weeks in support of the humanitarian operation. This is nothing in the face of the needs: at least 600 trucks/ day of commercial, fuel & humanitarian supplies.
  • Fuel is running short: our teams are standing by to pick it up when the Israeli Authorities give the green light.
  • Meanwhile, we received the most horrific photos from the Jabalia Refugee camp in northern #Gaza. Thousands of displaced people have no choice but to live amid the rubble & in destroyed @UNRWA facilities.

​Destruction will bring more destruction, more grief, more anger & more loss to Palestinians & Israelis.

All eyes are on the proposal to reach an end to this war through a ceasefire, the release of all hostages + substantial & safe flow of urgently needed supplies into Gaza.

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