The UN reported on Wednesday that an estimated nine out of 10 people in the Gaza Strip have been displaced at least once since October 7, News.az reported, citing sources at Anadolu Agency.

“We are once again at a crossroads where the UN and its partners must reset their activities,” Andrea De Domenico, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territories, said during a virtual press conference.

He noted that the recent Israeli evacuation order from Khan Younis affected a third of the enclave, further aggravating the crisis.

“We currently estimate that nine out of 10 people in the Gaza Strip have been displaced at least once, and unfortunately even 10 times, since October,” De Domenico said.

He emphasized the constant movement, saying: “People have been tossed around like pawns in a board game over the past nine months, forced from one location to another.”

According to De Domenico, residents are forced to rebuild extremely difficult living conditions over and over again, leading to more suffering and a greater need for humanitarian aid.

He stressed that the UN will continue to be present in the region and that aid distribution is a challenge every day.

Citing the Palestinian Authority Statistics Office, Domenico said Gaza’s population is 2.3 million and that an estimated 110,000 people have left Gaza and 37,000 have been killed.

He noted that behind the numbers lie people’s grievances, fears and hopes. He said his agency based its plan for distributing humanitarian aid on 2.1 million people in Gaza, all of whom are in need of assistance.

The UN official said that Israeli officials in the recent “evacuation” call said they had no plans to evacuate hospitals. Israel also said it had not shared information about the evacuation order in time.

“People still have fresh memories of what happened in Al-Shifa, Nasser and other hospitals, where doctors, patients and nurses were arrested and interrogated. Some of them were found days later in mass graves. So fear is dominant,” he said.

De Domenico said the European Hospital in Khan Younis was also evacuated. It was one of the last hospitals in the region to provide essential services, but that it is now “gone.”

According to De Domenico, OCHA has seen Israeli attacks continue in the so-called “safe zones” and reported that 247 of his colleagues have been killed.

He said many of his colleagues were killed on the job, and some were killed at home with their families.

“We really have to draw a line at enough,” he said.

News.Az