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GAZA: Tens of hundreds of individuals crammed right into a avenue in Rafah, the southern Gaza metropolis the place huge numbers have sought refuge from advancing Israeli floor troops.
“These are the worst months of our lives,” mentioned Noha Al-Madhun, who fled from the Beit Lahia space of northern Gaza and was taken in by kin together with a few of her youngsters.
“My husband and eldest sons sleep in a tent. There’s no area for everybody. We sleep on the ground and we really feel the chilly” with out sufficient blankets to go spherical, she mentioned.
“There aren’t sufficient residences and even locations to arrange additional tents,” added Madhun.
Greater than half of Gaza’s inhabitants of two.4 million is in Rafah, on the border with Egypt, in keeping with the United Nations.
These with out kin to host them or the means to hire residences have discovered themselves in tents wherever there’s area: alongside streets, in public squares, sports activities stadiums or parks.
Abdulkarim Misbah, 32, mentioned he left his house within the northern Jabalia refugee camp and reached Khan Yunis, solely to be uprooted as soon as extra.
“We escaped final week from dying in Khan Yunis, with out bringing something with us. We didn’t discover a place to remain. We slept on the streets the primary two nights. The ladies and youngsters slept in a mosque,” he mentioned.
Then they acquired a donated tent, setting it up proper beside the Egyptian border.
“My 4 youngsters are shivering from the chilly. They really feel sick and unwell on a regular basis,” mentioned Misbah.
Most individuals are concentrated within the metropolis heart or west, making an attempt to keep away from the jap edges towards the Israeli border or the north which is dangerously near combating in close by Khan Yunis.
After the battle erupted on October 7 with Hamas militants’ unprecedented assault on Israel, the nation’s army ordered Gazans to go away their houses within the north.
These directions have since expanded, forcing many Palestinians to flee again and again.
Gaza Metropolis resident Amjad Abdel Aal, who fled to a college shelter in Rafah, mentioned it took her two hours to be pushed a distance which earlier than the battle would take simply quarter-hour.
“The congestion was terrible,” she mentioned, ready in a wheelchair in a protracted line for donations of blankets and mattresses.
“There aren’t a whole lot of automobiles due to the gas scarcity. Everybody walks, rides a truck or donkey cart,” added the barefoot 28-year-old.
The United Nations estimates 1.7 million have been compelled from their houses by the battle since October 7.
The Hamas assault on Israel resulted within the deaths of round 1,160 folks, largely civilians, in keeping with an AFP tally based mostly on official figures.
Israel’s withering offensive has killed no less than 27,131 folks in Gaza, largely ladies and youngsters, in keeping with the well being ministry within the Hamas-run territory.
With Egypt’s border firmly shut to most Gazans all through the battle, the streets of Rafah have grow to be full of displaced folks.
Mehran Dabbabish, 41, a taxi driver from Khan Yunis, mentioned the state of affairs was “getting worse by the day.”
“The highway between Khan Yunis and Rafah used to take 20 to half-hour at worst. Immediately, the shortest journey inside Rafah takes an hour and a half to 2 hours,” he advised AFP.
The overcrowding is placing a large pressure on everybody and means shifting anyplace, by any means, is extremely troublesome.
One other Gazan, Naima Al-Bayumi, lamented how drained she was simply midway by way of a four-hour journey by foot to go to her relative in hospital.
“I rode a donkey cart a couple of instances and fell off due to the extreme scramble,” she advised AFP.
Bayumi began crying as she recounted the bombardment which hit her house, killing her child twins.
“I gave start to them within the first week of the battle, after 13 years of marriage,” mentioned the 38-year-old, who lives in a tent along with her husband.
“I don’t need to stay anymore,” she mentioned.
Elsewhere on the highway, folks helped one other lady clamber aboard a truck crammed with dozens of passengers.
She clung to the facet of the truck along with her child, to cease them falling out, and screamed: “Demise is extra merciful than this life!”