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Fear, desperation grip displaced Palestinians as Israel intensifies assault

Fear, desperation grip displaced Palestinians as Israel inte

Palestinians mourn the death of loved ones following Israeli bombardment in southern Gaza, Palestine, Dec. 5, 2023. (AFP Photo)

Displaced Palestinians, seeking refuge in overcrowded conditions in Rafah and pressed against Gaza's border with Egypt, find themselves gripped by fear as Israel's defense minister signals a potential shift in military focus to the area.

The onset of wind and cold has compounded the misery for those already grappling with the trauma of displacement, war, and deprivation.

Emad, a 55-year-old businessman and father of six, expressed grave concerns over the looming threat, warning of the dire consequences if Israeli tanks advance further.

He highlighted the potential for a catastrophic massacre, underscoring the heightened tension and uncertainty gripping the region.

Emad, told the Reuters news agency that if Israeli tanks keep coming, “we will be left with two choices: stay and die or climb the walls into Egypt.”

He added; “Most of Gaza’s population is in Rafah. If the tanks storm in, it will be a massacre like never before during this war.”

Um Badri, a mother of five who has been displaced from Gaza City and now resides in a makeshift tent in Khan Younis, shared the added challenges faced by displaced families amidst harsh weather conditions.

“We live in multiple miseries – a war, starvation and now the rain,” she said.

“We used to wait for winter to enjoy watching the rain from the balcony of our house. Now, our house is gone, and the rainwater has flooded the tent we have ended up in.”

The Gaza Strip now faces an escalating humanitarian crisis as the death toll from Israel's relentless assault continues to rise.

According to the Gazan Health Ministry, over 27,000 Palestinians have been confirmed killed since the beginning of the conflict on Oct. 7.

The situation is also dire, with 66,139 others reported injured as the violence persists.

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