UN says more than 1 million people have fled Rafah in recent weeks

Palestinians flee the area of Tal al-Sultan in Rafah with their belongings on May 28, 2024. (Eyad Baba/AFP)
Palestinians flee the area of Tal al-Sultan in Rafah with their belongings on May 28, 2024. (Eyad Baba/AFP)

More than a million people have fled Gaza’s southern city of Rafah since Israel began pushing into the city on May 6, according to the designated UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

Juliette Touma, spokesperson for UNRWA, tells a UN press conference that the agency’s teams on the ground that there was heavy shelling in the city overnight, in the area north of Rafah home to the UN main offices as well as UNRWA’s offices.

“People are absolutely terrified,” Touma says in the video briefing from Jordan. “A lot of people are fleeing to al-Muwasi and they are also fleeing to the middle areas including Deir al-Balah.”

Touma says just over 200 trucks with humanitarian supplies have been picked up for delivery to those in need in the past three weeks, which she calls “a drop in the ocean amid people’s humanitarian needs.”

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