Around 10,000 flee homes as Israel unleashes bombs on Gaza, says UN

A Palestinian boy pulls a cart carrying his brother and their belongings as they fled their home during Israeli air and artillery attacks. [Mohammed Salem/Reuters]

The United Nations has estimated around 10,000 Palestinians were forced to leave their homes in besieged Gaza due to ongoing Israeli violence.

“They are sheltering in schools, mosques and other places during a global Covid-19 pandemic with limited access to water, food, hygiene, and health services,” read the statement by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

“Hospitals and access to water and sanitation services depend on electricity, the fuel for which will run out on Sunday,” it added.

The UN said Israeli authorities and Palestinian resistance groups must immediately allow the UN and its humanitarian partners to bring in fuel, food, and medical supplies and to deploy humanitarian personnel.

“All parties must always adhere to international humanitarian and human rights laws,” it added.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reiterated the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s call for immediate de-escalation in blockaded Gaza.

At least 139 Palestinians, including 40 children and 20 women, have been killed, and 900 others wounded by Israeli troops.

Israel continues to target Gaza with heavy bombardment which has caused heavy damage to residential buildings across the enclave.