Thousands of Palestinians displaced in Gaza: UN | World Bank Gaza News
Suheir al-Arbeed was holding his newborn baby Hasan in a cradle on the floor of a classroom in Gaza City. Five other children flew around, listing the basic necessities they lacked.
“We need food, clothes, duvets, mattresses and milk,” Al-Arbeed, who was born two weeks ago, told Al Jazeera in a telephone interview. “After sleeping on the thin covering on the floor, my back hurts.”
She added: “I have to ask others to provide diapers for my son.” “I am trying to breastfeed him, but he is still hungry and crying all the time.”
The 30-year-old is one of hundreds of families living in northern and eastern Gaza. They fled their homes overnight on Thursday when Israel’s heavy shelling and aerial bombardment shook their feet.
The families escaped on foot and hurriedly rushed in the dark to the Gaza Jadida School a few kilometers away, which is one of the schools managed by the UNRWA, UNRWA.
Al-Arbeed said: “There are no cars or transportation.” His house is located in the Shujaiyah area in northeastern Gaza.
For Umm Jamal al-Attar, this is not the first time she and her family have been displaced. She told Al Jazeera that she lived in a school for 40 days during the 2014 Gaza War. Israel killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, including 1,462 civilians, during the 50 days.
Umm Jamal, her husband and five children fled the northern town of Beit Lahia, Atatra after an Israeli missile aimed at an adjacent house Houses.
The attack killed Lamya al-Attar and her three children-Amir, Islam and Muhammad-who lived in an apartment on the second floor.
“The Israelis bombed us with missiles and shelling. They also fired some gasoline.” Umm Jamal said, adding that she could not return home to get clothes or food.
She said: “Our children need to distract from toys or anything else that will free their attention from bomb attacks and the fears they live in.” “Bombing is all they are talking about now.”
Urgent need for support
According to the Gaza Health Authority, Israel’s bombing of the besieged Gaza Strip has now entered its second week, killing at least 201 Palestinians, including 58 children and 35 women. More than 1,300 people were injured.
Israel reported that Hamas, the Palestinian organization that rules Gaza, killed at least 10 people, including two children.
Last Monday, Israeli forces suppressed demonstrators in the occupied Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem, wounding hundreds of Palestinians and sparking an escalation. When Israel failed to comply with Hamas’s deadline to withdraw from the area around the Holy Land, its deadline for Muslims and Jews’ sacred areas, Hamas launched several rockets into Jerusalem. Soon thereafter, Israel carried out air strikes on Gaza.
According to the United Nations, more than 38,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were internally displaced and sought asylum in 48 UNRWA schools along the coast. This number includes at least 2500 people whose houses were completely destroyed in the Israeli bombing.
Adnan Abu Hassan, a spokesman for UNRWA, said in a brief statement on Monday that the agency has begun to provide some basic needs for displaced families.
“We urgently need support,” he said, referring to Israel’s closure of border crossings for humanitarian assistance on May 10.
“I need to cover my children with blankets”
Majda Abu Karesh, the mother of seven children, was destroyed in his house in Beit Lahia. He said these families must be self-sufficient.
She told Al Jazeera: “This is the fourth war we have to seek asylum in school.”
“For five days, we have been sleeping on the bare floor, and we have not received food or any supplies from UNRWA. There is not even clean drinking water, and the toilets are in a mess.”
Shaher Barda was forced to leave Shujaiya with his family only carrying clothes on his back. He said that the Refugee Board “doesn’t take much care of our situation.”
He said: “We got together and everyone paid 1 shekel ($0.30), so we could buy enough water.” “We didn’t come here to choose, but because our house is not a bomb shelter and there is no one. I was able to survive the crazy Israeli attack.”
An Israeli military spokesperson acknowledged the intensity of the bombing and shelling on Friday, and said that the pre-dawn assault included 160 fighters and used about 450 missiles and shells to attack 150 targets in 40 minutes.
The spokesman said that the army targeted the extensive underground tunnel network used by Hamas, but many people in the area disputed the statement, saying they did not see any combatants.
Rajai, a relative of Barda, said he and his family could not go home because it was too dangerous.
He said: “For many families here, since we live near the Israeli fence, this is not the first time we have been displaced.”
He continued: “We want the world to support us.” “And we are behind the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Gaza Strip and behind the Palestinians in Jerusalem and elsewhere. We all need to stand together. But now I just need to give it to me. The children covered with blankets. They couldn’t sleep because of the cold last night.”