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Families in Gaza scramble for safety - again - as Israel moves into Rafah

JERUSALEM - 600,000 Palestinians have fled Rafah in the ten days since Israel's military began its advance on the city, the United Nations estimates, the latest mass exodus in a conflict marked by repeated rounds of forced displacement.

Carrying children, tents and whatever else they have left, Gazans have trekked along war-damaged roads to squalid encampments and demolished cities where there is little food, water or shelter to be found.

The staggering figures - more than 150,000 people have fled in just the last 48 hours - are expected to keep growing as Israeli forces move deeper into Rafah, Gaza's southernmost city, which until recently was deemed a "safe zone" by Israel and housed about half of the Strip's 2.2 million residents. Since May 6, Israel has issued evacuation orders for eastern Rafah and told residents to go north to designated "humanitarian zones."


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