Al Jazeera Net correspondents
Gaza- A new bloody night spent by displaced people from the north Gaza strip To its south, in light of Israeli air strikes that targeted a home for the Al-Astal family and destroyed neighboring homes, resulting in dozens of martyrs and wounded, in one of the crimes that refute Israeli claims regarding the existence of a “safe zone” in the southern Gaza Valley.
It was a bloody night in my city Rafah The two neighboring Khan Yunis are the largest in the south of the Gaza Strip, and crowds of displaced people from the north have taken refuge in them since last October 13, confirming their dripping blood that “there is no safe place on the land of Gaza or under its sky.”
Dina Abu Shaaban was displaced from her home in the Al-Rimal neighborhood in Gaza City, like other displaced people, and took refuge in her relatives’ house in the city of Khan Yunis.
Abu Shaaban tells Al Jazeera Net, “Death follows us everywhere, and when I hear about the displaced martyrs, I wonder: Why were we displaced? Why did we not stay in our homes to die with dignity and not as guests of relatives and friends or as homeless people in shelter centers?”
Abu Shaaban, a mother of two daughters, became more concerned about her family with the escalation of Israeli air strikes targeting homes in the south of the Gaza Strip where displaced people from the north reside, or targeting the vicinity of shelter centers. In her opinion, “there are no red lines for the occupation in this war.”
She added, “We have lived through many wars and many rounds of escalation over the past 15 years, but this war is completely different, as death may surprise you at any moment and in any place.”
Fake safe zones
What Abu Shaaban said and what the southern regions are witnessing Wadi Gaza They are a practical translation of the official figures issued by the local authorities in Gaza, which indicate the martyrdom of 1,021 residents of the north displaced to the cities of the south of the Strip, in which the percentage of martyrs in general is 42% of the total number of martyrs.
Since the outbreak of the escalating war in its fifth consecutive week, more than 10,000 Palestinians have been martyred in Gaza, and 2,350 people have been reported missing – including 1,300 children – who are still under the rubble of destroyed homes and buildings, in addition to more than 25,000 wounded.
Salama Maarouf, head of the government media office, told Al Jazeera Net that all these numbers reveal “the falsity of what the Israeli occupation forces claim about safe passages and areas,” and he wondered: How will there be a safe place in the Gaza Strip, where they dropped about 30,000 tons of explosives within 30 days?
Marouf pointed to the huge amount of explosives and the occupation’s perpetration of 1,050 massacres, the last of which was in the home of the Al-Astal family, which hosts a number of displaced people from the north. He stressed that the occupation “sowed death every meter on the land of Gaza, and that any claims about the existence of safe areas are false and false, and aim to Selling an illusion to the world and throwing ash in the eyes, to hide the horrific crimes it commits against civilians and its persecution of displaced people everywhere.”
He said that the dozens of innocent bodies piled up on both sides of Salah al-Din Street and the horrific scenes told by those who took it, as well as the coastal Rashid Street before it was closed by fire force, expose “the occupation’s lie about safe passages and areas.”
The government official stressed that “the occupation will not succeed in beautifying its ugly image, and the blood of the martyrs – including thousands of children and women – will expose and haunt it, and the day will come when the leaders and criminals in the occupying state will be held accountable for the crimes and massacres they committed.”
Displacement by terrorism
There is no accurate count of the number of Palestinians from the northern Gaza Strip who were displaced from their homes towards the cities of the south, but local and international figures indicate that the Israeli war caused the displacement of about 1,600,000 Palestinians out of a population of 2.2 million, the population of the small coastal Gaza Strip.
Not all of this large number took refuge in the cities of the southern Gaza Strip, but were dispersed in the homes of relatives and friends and shelter centers within one city. However, the occupation uses various means to empty the northern Gaza Strip of its population, through threats, killing, tightening the noose, and claiming to allocate a safe passage at a specific time. Through Salah al-Din Street, which is controlled by Israeli tanks, separating the north of the Strip from its south.
In a press conference held at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, Interior Ministry spokesman Iyad Al-Bazum confirmed that the occupation was unable to achieve its goals of displacement despite the massacres it committed in Gaza City and its north, estimating that 900,000 citizens are in the Gaza and north Gaza governorates, and the displacement that took place in The two governorates are internal displacement to shelter centers or towards the homes of relatives and friends.
Al-Bazm pointed out that there are 97 shelter centers in these two governorates that include 311,000 displaced people, and 600,000 citizens still live in the neighborhoods of the two governorates, and the occupation is practicing a policy of starvation and thirst against them. He warned of the occupation’s continued use of massacres, terrorism, and psychological pressure to force them to leave their homes, wondering, “Where to?” They go? Pointing out that “there is no longer a safe zone.”