On 29th October (Sunday), the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reported a distressing incident in Gaza as thousands of individuals ransacked warehouses and distribution centers belonging to UN aid centers. The looters aimed to secure essential supplies, particularly flour, amid the ongoing crisis. UNRWA expressed deep concern, deeming this incident a stark indicator that “civil order” within the region is teetering on the brink of collapse.
Gaza’s chief of UNRWA, Thomas White, voiced his apprehension, stating, “This is a worrying sign that civil order is starting to break down after three weeks of war and a tight siege on Gaza.” The affected warehouses, including one in Deir el-Balah, stored supplies from humanitarian convoys that began arriving from Egypt on October 21st. The looters, in the thousands, accessed multiple UNRWA warehouses and distribution centers in the central and southern regions of Gaza, making off with wheat flour and vital hygiene supplies.
The situation is compounded by the critical shortage of fuel in Gaza, which has persisted since Israel ceased all shipments at the war’s outset. The UNRWA’s spokesperson, Juliette Touma, revealed that the looting occurred across four facilities, emphasizing the dire circumstances faced by the region’s inhabitants as they grapple with the consequences of the conflict and the collapse of civil order.
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