Thousands of Palestinians have been forced from their homes in Gaza as a result of continued Israeli bombings, according to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees on Monday.
“Nearly 74,000 displaced people are now housed in 64 UNRWA shelters,” claimed the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.
According to the UN, an Israeli strike on Sunday damaged a school that housed more than 225 Palestinians. There were no recorded casualties.
“Civilians must be protected at all times, including during fighting,” UNRWA stated in a statement. “Schools and other civilian infrastructure, including those sheltering displaced families, must never come under attack.”
On Saturday, the situation in Gaza deteriorated following a multi-front Hamas onslaught on Israeli cities bordering the Palestinian territory. According to Hamas, the incident was carried out in reaction to Israeli violations at the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in occupied East Jerusalem, as well as escalating settler violence.
Israel reacted with a barrage of airstrikes on Gaza. During the battle, approximately 1,100 individuals were killed, including 700 Israelis and over 430 Palestinians.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to use all of Israel’s military might to destroy Hamas’ capabilities and “take revenge for this black day.”