Israel’s armed forces, officially the Israeli Defence Forces, are reportedly seeking to engineer the mass expulsion of the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip into the Sinai Peninsula of neighbouring Egypt, according to the head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Philippe Lazzarini. Israel has prevented the population of northern Gaza from returning to their homes after responding to attacks by militias based in the territory with mass bombardment and an invasion invasion in October, and has moved to target civilians further south on a significant scale creating a serious humanitarian crisis and tens of thousands of casualties.

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