The Israeli occupation forces continue the closure of the Rafah border crossing, Gazas sole pedestrian crossing to the outside world, and the Karem Abu Salem commercial crossing in southern Gaza for the 13th consecutive day, exacerbating the humanitarian catastrophe gripping the besieged territory.
The Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Philippe Lazzarini, warned Saturday that the failure to open the border crossings and ensure safe access to them threatens to perpetuate the catastrophic humanitarian conditions in Gaza. Lazzarini highlighted that only 33 trucks had reached Rafah since May 6.
Simultaneously, the Israeli occupation forces intensified their attacks on the governorates of Rafah, Central Gaza, Gaza, and the North Gaza, even extending to the Mawasi area, where citizens have been instructed by the Israeli army to seek refuge.
The Israeli occupation has continued its aggression against the Gaza Strip, by land, sea and air, since Oct. 7, killing 35,386 citizens, mostly children and women, and wounding 79,366 others in an infinite toll, while thousands of victims still under the rubbles.