More than 260,000 people in the Gaza Strip have been forced to leave their homes due to ongoing heavy Israeli airstrikes from the air, land, and sea, according to the United Nations.
The UN’s humanitarian agency, OCHA, reported that 263,934 people have already fled their homes, and this number is expected to increase.
The airstrikes have caused significant damage, destroying over 1,000 housing units and rendering 560 homes uninhabitable, as per Palestinian authorities cited by OCHA.
Among the displaced, approximately 175,500 individuals have sought refuge in 88 schools operated by the UN agency UNRWA, which supports Palestinian refugees.
Additionally, more than 14,500 others have taken shelter in 12 government schools, while nearly 74,000 people are estimated to be staying with relatives, neighbors, or seeking safety in churches and other facilities.
This displacement crisis within Gaza is the most extensive since the 50-day conflict in 2014.