No fewer than 672,000 people are sheltering in 149 UNRWA installations across the Gaza Strip, and they are facing increasingly desperate conditions, the UN agency has said.
This is as life-saving assistance was impeded by a 36-hour communications blackout that affected the whole of Gaza.
According to sources, there will be an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council (today), called by the United Arab Emirates, which is expected to happen at about 3 pm local time (19:00 GMT).
The UNSC is expected to be briefed by top UN officials in the region from the UNRWA in Gaza, as well as the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
“We are hearing that Malta and the UAE are working on another draft resolution behind the scenes for the UNSC. Already four drafts have been voted down, or vetoed since this conflict began.
“But we’re hearing that the 10 elected members of the UNSC are working on another draft resolution urgently, given the escalation, and trying to get that to a point where perhaps it could come to a vote in the next day or two.