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UNRWA raises to 104 the number of its workers killed by Israel’s offensive against the Gaza Strip

UNRWA raises to 104 the number of its workers killed by Israel’s offensive against the Gaza Strip

MADRID, Nov. 19 (EUROPA PRESS) –

The United Nations Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) this Sunday raised to 104 the number of its workers killed as a result of Israel’s offensive against the Gaza Strip, including one killed by a bombing carried out during the Saturday day.

“On November 18, a UNRWA colleague was killed in the north (of Gaza) due to (Israeli) bombing. In total, 104 colleagues have died since the start of the war,” he said, before recalling which “is the highest number of UN workers killed in a conflict in history.”

Thus, it has reported “multiple incidents” that have affected UNRWA facilities and internally displaced persons during the last 24 hours, events that have resulted in “deaths and injuries among internally displaced persons who were sheltering in the facilities.” “UNRWA is still trying to verify the number of victims.”

The organization has detailed that nearly 1.7 million Palestinians have been displaced in the Strip since October 7, the date of the start of the Israeli military offensive after the attacks carried out by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).

Of the total, around 884,000 are in 154 UNRWA facilities in the Strip, including some 724,000 in 97 facilities in the Center, Khan Younis and Rafah areas, to which Israel has asked the population to move from the North.

“About 160,000 internally displaced people were sheltering in 57 UNRWA schools in the north and in Gaza City as of October 12, before the evacuation order was issued by the Israeli authorities. UNRWA has not have been unable to access these shelters to provide help or protection to these displaced people nor do they have information about their needs or conditions,” he warned.

On the other hand, he has confirmed that Israel has notified the agency that it will allow the passage of 120,000 liters of fuel every two days, after more than a month prohibiting all deliveries and after authorizing a small shipment that was limited to refueling trucks. UNRWA for the delivery of humanitarian aid.

The agency has indicated that this new amount “will be used in two days and only covers half of the critical daily needs.” “Fuel is also key for telecommunications networks,” she explained, after four communication blockades that have prevented the movement of aid trucks from the Rafa pass.

Finally, he reported that a UNRWA worker was briefly detained on Thursday by Israeli security forces during a security operation in the Fara refugee camp, around Nablus, while more than 1,600 students in four Schools in the Jenin refugee camp “still cannot safely access the facilities due to the poor condition of the roads” due to damage caused by Israeli bulldozers.

Israel launched its objective against the enclave after the attacks carried out on October 7 by Hamas, which left nearly 1,200 dead and some 240 kidnapped. Authorities in the Strip have reported 12,300 deaths, including more than 5,000 children, while more than 180 Palestinians have died at the hands of Israeli security forces and in attacks by settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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