Israel bombs Gaza's only operating wheat mill - UN report

16 Nov 2023 09:46pm
Palestinian men carry bread through a heavily bombed street following Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City on Oct 10, 2023. - (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)
Palestinian men carry bread through a heavily bombed street following Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City on Oct 10, 2023. - (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)
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NEW YORK - A recent report issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated the Palestine’s As-Salam Mill in Deir Al Balah was hit and destroyed by Israeli airstrikes, according to Jordan news agency, Petra.

This was the last functioning wheat mill in Gaza.

The report said destruction of the mill means that locally produced flour will not be available in Gaza in the foreseeable future.

Israeli forces have reportedly been arresting some internally displaced persons (IDPs) fleeing through the "corridor" designated for them by the occupation, the report indicated, adding that there are anecdotal and eyewitness reports of some displaced persons being beaten and stripped of their clothing.

Petra also reported that on Tuesday, the Israeli army established an unstaffed checkpoint and ordered the displaced to show their identifications and undergo what appears to be a facial recognition scan.
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Over 1.5 million people in Gaza are estimated to be internally displaced, including about 813,000 IDPs who are staying in at least 154 UNRWA shelters, it added.

UNRWA shelters are accommodating far more people than their intended capacity. Overcrowding is leading to the spread of disease, including acute respiratory illness and diarrhea, raising environmental and health concerns.- BERNAMA

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