Philippe Lazzarini, the UN commissioner-general for Palestinian refugees, has accused Israel of attempting to clear Gaza of its Palestinian population through its military offensive and evacuation orders.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi accused Israel of being “determined” to push Palestinians out of Gaza, stating that they are “seeing a systematic effort” to empty Gaza from its people.
Israeli government spokesperson Eylon Levy called the allegations “outrageous and false.” Israel has said it is prepared to fight for months or longer to defeat Gaza’s Hamas rulers, intensifying its ground offensive with more airstrikes and artillery fire.
The Israeli army announced that 101 soldiers had been killed so far in the military offensive, which began on 27 October.
Qatar, which has played a key mediating role between the warring parties, says efforts to stop the war and have all hostages released will continue, but a willingness to discuss a ceasefire is fading.
Israel faces international outrage after its military offensive killed over 17,700 Palestinians in Gaza, with 90% of Gaza’s 2.3 million people displaced within the besieged territory.