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Over 1 million people displaced to Gaza’s Rafah since war began

With nearly two million people displaced in the Gaza Strip, a UN relief agency has called out Israel for subjecting the Palestinians to collective punishment.
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The United Nations said Wednesday that more than 1 million displaced Palestinians have arrived in the southern border town of Rafah in the Gaza Strip since Oct. 7, when the war with Israel started.

The situation continues to deteriorate in the Strip as the devastating war enters its 90th day, amid growing concerns that the violence will spill into a wider regional conflict.

Israel launched its air, sea and ground campaign in Gaza in retaliation for Hamas’ cross-border assault Oct. 7, during which militants killed 1,200 people and took 240 others hostage.

The hostilities in the coastal enclave have left more than 22,313 people dead, 70% of them women and children, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza. At least 57,296 have been wounded and around 7,000 people are still missing, presumably under the rubble.

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