14-Jul-2024  Srinagar booked.net

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Rafah: Israel Denies Access To UN

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Israel has been denying access to the UN into Rafah after seizing the vital border crossing with Egypt, according to UN.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs stated that the agency is unable to access southern Gaza, where more than 1.5 million people are sheltering and wholly reliant on aid.

In a press conference in Geneva, Jens Laerke stated, "We are being denied access into Rafah. We are unable to deliver aid after being refused by COGAT (the Coordinator of Government Activities in the occupied Palestinian Territories), run by the Israeli military.

“We have been told that there will be no crossing of individuals or goods inward or outward at the present time,” said Laerke.

“This has to have a huge impact on the amount of aid inventory we have.”

The UN official added that “stock is for the entire humanitarian operation in Gaza.”

Earlier, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that an Israeli invasion of the city of Rafah would be “unbearable.”

On Monday, the Israeli military invaded Rafah and ordered 100,000 Palestinians to move to the eastern neighbourhood of Al-Mawasi area.

An estimated 8,000 are missing under the rubble, presumed dead, while 1.7 million people have been displaced from their homes in the territory.