Desperate Palestinians fleeing Israel’s expanding ground offensive are crowding into an ever-shrinking area of the Gaza Strip as the war enters its third month.
Tens of thousands of people displaced by the fighting have packed into the border city of Rafah, in the far south of the strip, and al-Mawasi, a nearby patch of barren coastline that Israel has declared a safe zone.
With shelters significantly beyond capacity, many people pitched tents along the side of the road leading from Rafah to al-Mawasi, a coastal Bedouin town in the south of the Gaza Strip, al-Mawasi is small and narrow – about 1km (0.6 miles) wide and 14km (8.7 miles) long.
Israel has declared a mere 6.5sq km (2.5sq miles) of desolate, sandy terrain, within the city to be the humanitarian area where evacuees are supposed to seek shelter.
That is an area half the size of London’s Heathrow Airport, where displaced Palestinians are packed into unhealthy shelters without access to water or enough food.
Al Jazeera’s Joel Evans reports.
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