| 27 February 2024, Tuesday |

UN Refugee Chief Expects Further Displacement Due to Gaza Conflict

The United Nations refugee chief said on Wednesday that he foresees more displacement in the Middle East due to the conflict between Israel and Hamas that has internally displaced 85% of Gaza’s population.

“The events that have occurred in Israel and Gaza since the 7th of October are outside the mandate of UNHCR,” Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said at the Global Refugee Forum in Geneva.

“Tragically, however, we foresee more civilian deaths and suffering and also further displacement that threatens the region.”

Israel forged ahead with its air and ground offensive Wednesday in Gaza.

The Israel-Hamas war has resulted in the deaths of over 18,400 Palestinians, according to the Health Ministry in the Hamas-controlled territory.


  • Asharq Al-Awsat