Gaza refugees 'leave relief agency at breaking point'

Palestinians displaced by an Israeli ground offensive in Jebalya. Credit: Reuters

The main United Nations relief agency in Gaza says it is at "breaking point" with more than 200,000 Palestinians having taken shelter in its schools and buildings.

The total population of the Gaza strip is estimated at 1.8 million.

The groundswell of refugees follows calls by Israel for civilians to evacuate whole neighbourhoods before military operations, the UNRWA said.