The Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor reported today that the Gaza Strip is witnessing its largest wave of displacement in history, with over 521,000 people forced to leave their homes due to Israel's ongoing brutal attacks for the sixth consecutive day.

Euro-Med Monitor warned in a statement that these displaced individuals are facing extremely difficult living conditions, lacking the basic necessities of life and virtually devoid of humanitarian supplies, including food, water, bedding, and blankets. They are crowded into shelter centres and are at risk of diseases and epidemics.
 

Euro-Med Monitor documented a sharp increase in mass displacement across Gaza, rising by more than 40% over the past 24 hours. This increase is a result of Israel's targeting of entire residential neighbourhoods and bombarding houses without prior warning, directly above their inhabitants.
 

Approximately half of the displaced people sought refuge in 92 schools operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), while the rest sought shelter in government schools, with relatives, or neighbors. More than 200,000 people have been displaced due to the destruction or damage of their homes in Israeli airstrikes.
 

Adnan Abu Hasna, the media adviser to UNRWA, informed the Euro-Med Monitor team in Gaza that the large number of displaced people, steadily increasing, is challenging to accommodate. Many of them have resorted to setting up tents inside the schools, resulting in dangerous overcrowding.
 

Abu Hasna mentioned that UNRWA is providing minimal food and medical care to the displaced people in its schools, but many families have lost everything and have been displaced from their homes without any of their necessities, due to the agency's limited resources and the constraints faced by relevant international organizations.
 

Euro-Med Monitor highlighted that humanitarian agencies operating in Gaza face significant restrictions in providing humanitarian assistance at a time when the prevailing lack of security prevents safe access to affected areas and damaged warehouses. This hampers aid distribution, especially to families not present in UNRWA shelters. Moreover, movement restrictions, import bans, shortages of electricity, fuel, water, and other essential items all contribute to restricting every sector of humanitarian response.

Euro-Med Monitor stressed that Israel continues to intensify its aerial and artillery attacks across all of Gaza, including the destruction of entire residential neighborhoods, leading to the annihilation of at least 61 families, with a minimum of 5 members of each family killed in horrifying mass killings.

Euro-Med Monitor reiterated that most of the Israeli military's actions in Gaza conflict with the principles of international humanitarian law, particularly those of proportionality, distinction, and military necessity.

According to documentation by the Euro-Med Monitor, the Israeli army has carried out over 3,500 airstrikes on Gaza since last Saturday, resulting in the destruction of 1,690 residential buildings and severe damage to 14,200 other buildings, as well as the destruction of 45 government offices.

Euro-Med Monitor reported that Israel's attacks have caused destruction to no less than 69 schools, the demolition of 97 industrial facilities, and 49 media offices. Additionally, it has demolished 12 mosques and caused damage to numerous ancient churches.

The Israeli Ministerial Security Cabinet approved a state of war in Gaza on Saturday evening, allowing the army to carry out extensive military operations in response to Hamas' armed attack on Israel, which they called "Operation Al-Aqsa Tempest." This attack resulted in the killing of around 1,300 Israelis and the capture of dozens.

Since then, the Israeli army has conducted thousands of aerial and artillery strikes around the clock, targeting residential neighborhoods and multi-story buildings populated by civilians in Gaza.

According to the documentation of the Euro-Med Monitor, at least 1,290 Palestinians have been killed, including 391 children and 208 women. The number of civilian casualties is approximately 820, with 6,420 others sustaining various injuries, with more than half of them being children and women.

Euro-Med Monitor called on Israel to adhere to its responsibilities under international humanitarian law to allow immediate and secure access for humanitarian teams and goods to hundreds of thousands of people in need in Gaza.

It emphasized the importance of adhering to the principles of distinction and proportionality, with a focus on protecting civilians, especially children, medical facilities, healthcare workers, and humanitarian and media personnel.

Euro-Med Monitor warned that Israel is effectively repeating its actions of the past two decades, with airstrikes, complete family annihilation, and civilian and civil infrastructure targeting in Gaza, in the absence of any clear military objectives nearby and without any international accountability.

Therefore, the Euro-Med Monitor renews its call for all parties involved to take decisive action to protect civilians in Gaza and to stop Israel's relentless deadly attacks, which continue to claim the lives of civilians and spread destruction without mercy.