Israel prevents UNRWA General Commissioner from entering Gaza


On Sunday, Israeli occupation authorities prevented the General Commissioner from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and Humanitarian Coordinator James Rawley from entering the Gaza Strip through the Eretz checkpoint.

In a press conference, the Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza, Robert Turner, said that UNRWA General Commissioner Pierre Krähenbühl and Humanitarian Coordinator James Rawley were not permitted to enter Gaza, citing security reasons.

Turner had also announced that eight schools were opened to shelter over 4,000 internally displaced people fleeing from the north, expecting the number to rise.

He added that more schools will be open to accommodate the number of people fleeing the violence, noting that UNRWA’s capacity can only accommodate up to 35,000 people.

Thousands of Palestinians flocked to UNRWA’s schools after Israeli forces asked them to leave their homes in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Israeli occupation forces had dropped leaflets asking citizens to leave their homes for their safety.

Israeli forces also called citizens in a number of areas, warning that their residences would be targeted in what they claimed to be a “limited” operation.

Medical reports in Gaza state that at least 76 civilians, including 24 children, were among 115 people killed so far in aerial assaults on the densely-populated strip of nearly 2 million residents.