Aid groups warn an Israeli ground offensive could hasten an unfolding humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza as Israeli forces, supported by U.S. warships, positioned themselves along the enclave’s border on Monday and drilled for what Israel said would be a broad campaign to dismantle the militant group.
A week of relentless airstrikes has demolished neighbourhoods in Gaza City and elsewhere in the Strip but failed to stop militant rocket fire into Israel. The conflict has so far killed over 4,000 people on both sides and injured many more. Trapped Gaza residents say there is no safe place to go.
As Antonino Brusa, the Human Resources director of UNRWA told Vatican Radio, at least 14 UNRWA employees in Gaza have lost their lives, UN shelters have been bombarded and at the moment, at the Jordan headquarters of the United Nations Agency for Relief and Works for Palestine refugees in the Near East, all they know about their Gaza office is that it has been destroyed and its archives have been burnt to the ground.