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In a statement, the office warned of “a deep humanitarian catastrophe that has begun to emerge as a result of the Israeli occupation's invasion of the eastern part of Rafah.”

Israel’s military incursion into eastern Rafah and its control over the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing is pushing southern Gaza toward a humanitarian crisis, the enclave’s Government Media Office said Thursday.

It added that the situation was exacerbated by “the Israeli army taking control of the Rafah and Kerem Shalom crossings, deeming the situation as “clear indications of a real crisis in Gaza.”


The Media Office added that, over the past two days, more than 400 aid trucks have prevented from entry into Gaza and travel of the wounded and sick, including 159 cancer patients.

The statement said that “the crime of halting aid portends a famine for more than 1.7 million people living in the southern Gaza governorates.” It also warned that these people will not be able to secure a single meal daily in the coming days amid the scarcity of food and water due to Israeli aggression.

For families in Rafah, the uncertainty is palpable. Displaced multiple times by the ongoing conflict, they are unsure where to seek refuge. Some consider fleeing to the half-destroyed city of Khan Younis, while others contemplate heading north or seeking shelter in an Israeli-declared “humanitarian zone” within Gaza, despite concerns about limited water and supplies in the area.

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