Deadly Strikes in Gaza: Over 300 Killed in UN Shelters

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) reported on [platform formerly known as Twitter] that since the war began on October 7, at least 308 people taking shelter in UNRWA facilities have been killed

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Deadly Strikes in Gaza: Over 300 Killed in UN Shelters
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The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) reported on [platform formerly known as Twitter] that since the war began on October 7, at least 308 people taking shelter in UNRWA facilities have been killed, and at least 1,095 have been injured.

This stark figure highlights the dire situation facing civilians in the conflict zone. On December 25, a direct strike reportedly hit the UNRWA Maghazi Prep School, resulting in two deaths and one injury. These incidents add to the growing concern over the safety of civilians, particularly those seeking refuge in designated shelters.

IDF Operations and Civilian Casualties

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have been actively conducting operations in the Gaza Strip against what they identify as Hamas terrorist targets. According to an IDF statement, Israeli Air Force fighter jets struck targets in the Al-Maghazi refugee camp on December 24.

The Hamas-controlled Health Ministry reported approximately 70 casualties from these strikes. The IDF has acknowledged the unintended harm to civilians as a result of these airstrikes. They stated that measures were taken to mitigate civilian harm, but a preliminary investigation indicated that additional buildings near the targets were also hit, leading to unintended civilian casualties.

The IDF expressed regret for the harm caused to uninvolved civilians and committed to further investigation and learning from this event. Displacement and Shelter Crisis The conflict has led to widespread displacement, with nearly 1.4 million people sheltering in 156 UNRWA installations.

An additional 500,000 are registered with UNRWA and accessing their services. The average number of internally displaced people in shelters, particularly in central and southern Gaza, exceeds 12,000, which is more than four times the capacity of these facilities.

The situation is compounded by communication challenges. Israeli airstrikes have degraded internet and communication access in Gaza, making it difficult for residents to receive urgent instructions from the IDF. For instance, residents in several areas of central Gaza, including the Al-Bureij refugee camp, were instructed to move to shelters, but it's unclear how many were able to receive these messages.

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