According to the aid agency, thousands broke into the warehouses of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the Gaza Strip and stole wheat flour and essential supplies.
Thomas White, director of UNRWA affairs in Gaza, described the situation as a “worrying indication that civil order is beginning to deteriorate.”
In the meantime, Israel vowed to continue its “large-scale, significant strikes” against Hamas militants responsible for the carnage on October 7.
“Overnight, IDF forces entered the northern Gaza Strip and expanded ground operations,” said the spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari. “The expansion of the IDF’s operational activity furthers the war’s goals.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that the second phase of Israel’s conflict against Hamas will be “long and difficult.”
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has appealed to the international community to stop Israel’s attacks on Gaza, claiming that the Palestinians trapped in the enclave are “facing a war of genocide” as the world observes.
In the meantime, the IDF issued a renewed warning urging Gazans to relocate south. “Today, we increase the urgency of that warning,” Hagari said in a video shared on social media, emphasizing that residents have been advised to evacuate for two weeks.
According to the Hamas-controlled Gaza health ministry, more than 7,700 people, nearly half of whom were minors, have been killed in Gaza since the beginning of the conflict. At least 1,400 persons were killed in Israel, and 229 are believed to have been abducted into Gaza.