GAZA UN WARNS
The United Nations agency responsible for assisting Palestinian refugees issued a warning on Wednesday. They expressed concern that a lack of immediate fuel deliveries could lead to significant reductions in relief operations throughout the Gaza Strip.
This place has confronted a blockade and has been closely suffering from Israeli airstrikes following an assault by Hamas militants on Israel. This scenario has been ongoing for weeks.
The alert was issued amid a dire state of affairs in Gaza, in which hospitals had been grappling with the task of supplying treatments to a massive form of wounded human beings while they’re going via a lack of essential resources.
Health government inside the Gaza Strip, which Hamas governs, suggested a considerable growth in the dying toll as Israeli jets endured their airstrikes inside the vicinity overnight, central into Wednesday.
Israeli airstrikes, which occurred between Tuesday and Wednesday, resulted in the loss of over 750 lives in Gaza, as reported by the Health Ministry in Gaza. It’s important to note that these figures do not provide a specific breakdown of how many of the casualties were militants. The accuracy of the death tolls, as cited by Hamas, remains difficult to independently verify, as they claim to collect their data from hospital directors.
The Israeli army said that their airstrikes centered militants and removed tunnels, command centres, guns garage facilities, and different army assets. They have accused Hamas of concealing these facilities among Gaza’s civilian population. Meanwhile, Gaza-based militants have continued to launch a relentless barrage of rockets into Israel since the onset of the conflict.
The death toll, following a reported 704 casualties the day before, is a tragic milestone in the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The situation may worsen further when Israel launches an expected ground offensive aimed at defeating Hamas militants.
According to the United Nations, approximately 1.4 million out of Gaza’s 2.3 million residents are now internally displaced, with nearly 600,000 seeking refuge in U.N. shelters.
The residents of Gaza have been facing critical shortages of essential supplies, including food, water, and medicine since Israel imposed a blockade on the territory. This action followed an attack on southern Israel by Hamas, an organization that is openly committed to the destruction of Israel.
In recent days, Israel has allowed a limited number of trucks carrying aid to enter Gaza through the border with Egypt. However, they have prevented the delivery of fuel, which is crucial for powering hospital generators, to prevent it from falling into the hands of Hamas.
The United Nations has successfully delivered some of the aid to hospitals treating the injured in Gaza. Nevertheless, the United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian services in Gaza, particularly for Palestinian refugees, has reported a shortage of fuel.
Authorities mentioned that they have been compelled to scale down their operations as they carefully manage the limited fuel supply.
Lily Esposito, a spokesperson for the agency, stated, “Without fuel, our trucks are unable to reach various locations within the strip for distribution. We will need to make choices regarding which activities we can continue with the limited fuel at our disposal.
Furthermore, the World Health Organization has reported that more than half of Gaza’s primary healthcare facilities and approximately one-third of its hospitals are no longer operational.
Health Ministry, of Helath
Hospital staff, who are already overwhelmed, faced the daunting challenge of prioritizing cases as a continuous influx of injured individuals arrived. According to the Health Ministry, many wounded individuals had to endure lying on the ground without even receiving essential medical assistance. In contrast, others had to wait for days for surgeries due to the overwhelming number of critical cases.
The conflict also posed a threat of spreading across the region. Israeli airstrikes targeted Syrian military sites in the southern part on Wednesday, resulting in the death of eight soldiers and the injury of seven, according to Syria’s state-run SANA news agency.
The Israeli military, in a statement on a social media platform, noted that their jets had struck Syrian military infrastructure and mortar systems in response to rocket launches from Syria.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah held a meeting on Wednesday with top officials from Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
This was their first reported meeting since the conflict began, and it may indicate coordination between these groups. Hezbollah officials also warned Israel against launching a ground offensive in Gaza.
Daniel Hagari, an Israeli military spokesman, stated that Iran has been providing support to Hamas, including intelligence assistance and generating international incitement against Israel. He also noted that Iranian proxies have been active against Israel in Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon.
According to the Gaza Health Ministry, the war has resulted in the reported death of over 6,500 Palestinians. This figure includes the disputed toll from an explosion at a hospital last week.
The fighting has resulted in the reported death of more than 1,400 people in Israel, primarily civilians who lost their lives during the initial Hamas attack, according to the Israeli government. Additionally, Hamas is holding approximately 222 individuals whom they captured and brought back to Gaza.
Prime Minister of Qatar
The Prime Minister of Qatar, which has mediated the release of four hostages, expressed hope for further breakthroughs, indicating that negotiations are ongoing. Tzahi Hanegbi, the head of Israel’s National Security Council, expressed appreciation for Qatar’s assistance on a social media platform.
It’s worth noting that Israeli praise for the Gulf emirate, a financial supporter of the Gaza Strip, is relatively uncommon. Violence has also erupted in the West Bank, which has witnessed a significant increase in clashes. Islamic Jihad militants reported engaging in confrontations with Israeli forces in Jenin overnight.
According to the Palestinian Health Ministry in the West Bank, Israel’s actions resulted in the death of four Palestinians in Jenin, including a 15-year-old, and two others in different towns. This brings the total number of casualties in the occupied West Bank since October 7 to 102.
Throughout central and southern Gaza, where Israeli authorities advised civilians to seek shelter, harrowing scenes unfolded as rescue teams laboured to extricate the deceased and injured from vast heaps of debris, remnants of buildings that had crumbled. Disturbing photographs and video footage captured by the Associated Press portrayed rescuers uncovering the lifeless bodies of children from various ruins.
Deir Al-Balah Three Children
Inside the Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir Al-Balah, a grieving father knelt beside the lifeless forms of three children, their bodies shrouded in blood-stained sheets. In a nearby morgue, workers offered prayers for 24 individuals who lay in repose, their remains enclosed in body bags, several of them no more significant than small children.
In some tragic cases, buildings that collapsed on their occupants claimed the lives of dozens at once, as recounted by eyewitnesses.
In Rafah, the Health Ministry reported that two families endured the loss of 47 of their members in a structure that had been levelled.
In Gaza City, a devastating airstrike struck the Bahloul family’s residence, resulting in the deaths of at least 19 individuals, according to survivors who stated that numerous others remained buried beneath the wreckage. The legs of a deceased woman and another individual, still partially buried, protruded from the ruins as workers fervently sifted through the mixture of soil, concrete, and rebar.
Regarding the statements made, Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen expressed a firm stance, saying, “It’s time to teach them a lesson,” and accused the U.N. chief of justifying a massacre.
In response, the U.N. Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, addressed the Security Council, acknowledging that the Palestinian people have endured a 56-year-long suffocating occupation.
He also emphasized that while recognizing the grievances of the Palestinian people, these grievances cannot justify the heinous attacks by Hamas. Simultaneously, he asserted that these appalling attacks should not serve as a pretext for the collective punishment of the Palestinian population.