About 90 percent of Gaza’s population has been displaced at least once since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas, according to a UN humanitarian agency.

According to Andrea De Domenico, head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Palestinian territories, an estimated 1.9 million people have been displaced in Gaza.

“We estimate that nine out of 10 people in the Gaza Strip have been displaced at least once, and unfortunately even 10 times, since October,” he told reporters, according to AFP.

“We previously estimated it at 1.7 million, but since that number we have carried out the operation in Rafah and we have had additional displacement from Rafah,” he said.

“We have also had operations in the north where people have also been relocated,” he added.

Israel launched a brutal ground and air war against Gaza after Hamas attacked southern Israel on October 7 last year, killing nearly 1,200 people.

According to the Hamas-led Health Ministry in Gaza, about 38,000 Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli war so far.

Mr De Domenico said: “Behind these figures are people… who have fears and grievances. And they probably had dreams and hopes; less and less, I fear today, unfortunately.

“People who have been moved like pawns in a board game over the past nine months.”

Displaced Palestinians from areas in eastern Khan Yunis arrive in the city as they flee after the Israeli army issued a new evacuation order for parts of the city and Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 2, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas (AFP via Getty Images)Displaced Palestinians from areas in eastern Khan Yunis arrive in the city as they flee after the Israeli army issued a new evacuation order for parts of the city and Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 2, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas (AFP via Getty Images)

Displaced Palestinians from areas in eastern Khan Yunis arrive in the city as they flee after the Israeli army issued a new evacuation order for parts of the city and Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 2, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas (AFP via Getty Images)

Gaza is “the only place in the world where people cannot find safe refuge and leave the frontline,” he said, according to Al Jazeera.

Just a few days ago, the Israeli military ordered a mass evacuation of Palestinians from the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis. The evacuation order covered the eastern half of Khan Younis and much of the southeastern corner of Gaza.

“For your safety, you must immediately evacuate to the humanitarian zone,” army spokesman Avichay Adraee told residents in a message on X.

According to the UN, the Israeli army’s order to evacuate Khan Younis, Gaza’s second-largest city, affected about 250,000 people.

Displaced Palestinians from areas in eastern Khan Yunis arrive in the city after the Israeli military issued a new evacuation order for parts of the city and Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 2, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas (AFP via Getty Images)Displaced Palestinians from areas in eastern Khan Yunis arrive in the city after the Israeli military issued a new evacuation order for parts of the city and Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 2, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas (AFP via Getty Images)

Displaced Palestinians from areas in eastern Khan Yunis arrive in the city after the Israeli military issued a new evacuation order for parts of the city and Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 2, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas (AFP via Getty Images)

Palestinians in the area also reported receiving evacuation orders via audio messages from Israeli numbers. “We received a message on our cellphones” to evacuate, said one displaced woman, identified as Zeinab Abu Jazar, according to the Associated Press. “Look at these children, how they walk. We didn’t find a car to drive in.”

Khan Younis was destroyed by an Israeli attack earlier this year, but large numbers of Palestinians had returned to escape a new offensive on Rafah, Gaza’s southernmost city.

“It’s an unbearable life,” said Anwar Salman, a displaced Palestinian, AP. “If they want to kill us, let them. Let them drop an atomic bomb and finish us off. We are fed up. We are tired. We are dying every day.”

Earlier, Clive Baldwin, a senior legal adviser at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement: “Governments that support Israel and Palestinian armed groups must use their influence not only to stop further abuses, but also to ensure that victims and survivors receive meaningful reparations.”

The OCHA had also previously stated that the number of “Palestinians from Gaza detained by the Israeli military since October 7 last year” “remains unknown”.

Additional reporting to authorities.