UN warns of a "more horrifying scenario" after resumption of Gaza war

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OCCUPIED TERRITORIES – The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in the Occupied Palestinian Territory has warned of a deterioration in the situation in the Gaza Strip and a "more horrifying scenario about to unfold" in the sector, where humanitarian operations are unable to respond to the needs.اضافة اعلان

According to Al-Mamlaka TV, Lynn Hastings stated that the conditions necessary to deliver assistance to the residents of Gaza are lacking, and what is being witnessed includes shelters without facilities, a collapsed healthcare system, lack of clean drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and malnutrition. These conditions are conducive to the spread of epidemics and the occurrence of a general health catastrophe.

Hastings pointed to reports indicating the death of 700 Palestinians since the resumption of Israeli aggression on the sector on December 1, with Israeli air and ground military strikes extending to southern Gaza. This has forced tens of thousands of Palestinians to seek refuge in areas facing increasing pressure, desperate to find food, water, shelter, and safety.

Hastings, who also serves as the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, stated, "there is no safe place in Gaza, and there is no place left to go."

The UN official noted that the amounts of humanitarian supplies and fuel allowed into Gaza are entirely insufficient. The Rafah Crossing between Egypt and Gaza, designated for the movement of people, is inadequate alone to bring in cargo trucks, despite the immense efforts of the Egyptian and Palestinian Red Crescent Societies, UN agencies, and their partners.

She emphasized the impossibility of conducting humanitarian operations with small amounts of fuel, which is the basis for social services and humanitarian operations.

Hastings stated that the available space for humanitarian response allowed within Gaza is shrinking. The main routes, namely the coastal road and the Salah al-Din road, are currently blocked, hindering the ability to extend assistance to people wherever they are.

She pointed out that the 7-day ceasefire led to the reunification of hostages with their families and the entry of much-needed aid into Gaza. However, she stressed the need for the release of all hostages, the entry of much larger quantities of aid, and ensuring the protection of Palestinian civilians.

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