Thursday, November 30, 2023

More than 5,000 dead in Gaza and no ceasefire is in sight

According to the latest reports, the number of Palestinians killed in Gaza has risen to 5,087 amid intensifying Israeli airstrikes in response to Hamas attacks, while humanitarian organizations reiterate their urgent calls for a ceasefire and more aid convoys.

Echoing that message, UN Health Agency (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus issued a fresh call on Monday for the “continued safe delivery” of essential medical supplies and fuel to keep the country open. health facilities.

“There are lives that depend on these decisions,” he insisted on the social platform X.

The latest media reports, citing the Gaza Ministry of Health, indicate that the death toll in Gaza since October 7 has risen to 5,087 people.

Women and children made up more than 62% of the dead, while more than 15,273 people were injured.

In its latest humanitarian update on the crisis between Gaza and Israel, the UN Humanitarian Aid Coordination Office (OCHA) said that more than 1000 people were lost and “they are believed to be trapped or dead under the rubble.”

Israel: The death is triple

According to official Israeli sources cited by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), about 1,400 people died in Israel in the majority of the attacks by Hamas on October 7 that provoked the latest conflict.

OCHA said the number of deaths recorded “more than triples the cumulative number of those killed in Israel” since it started registering victims in 2005.

Israeli authorities have stated that at least 212 Israeli citizens and foreigners remain hostages in Gaza. Two hostages were released on Friday. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has repeatedly called on Hamas to immediately and unconditionally release the hostages.

Help with dripping

According to media reports, a new aid convoy from Egypt entered Gaza on Monday through the Rafah border crossing. This is the third delivery of this type after the crossing was opened on Saturday for the first time since the beginning of the conflict, after intense diplomatic efforts.

A total of 34 trucks carrying aid provided by the UN and the Egyptian Red Crescent entered the enclave over the weekend. The UN emphasizes that, to meet the growing humanitarian needs, at least 100 aid trucks are needed every day.

Desperate need for fuel

The development comes as the UN Palestinian Refugee Agency (UNRWA) warned on Sunday that it would run out of fuel in three days, jeopardizing the humanitarian response in Gaza.

The director of UNRWA, Philippe Lazzarini, says that without fuel “There is no water, hospitals and bakeries do not work.” and that “the lack of fuel will further strangle children, women and the population of Gaza.”

Lack of education

Meanwhile, OCHA stated that more than 625,000 children in Gaza were deprived of education for at least 12 days and that 206 schools suffered damage. At least 29 of them are UNRWA-managed establishments.

UNRWA reported on Sunday that 29 of its staff had been killed in Gaza since October 7, half of them teachers.

In the occupied West Bank, development has also led to restrictions on access to education. According to OCHA, all schools in the territory closed from October 7 to 9, affecting about 782,000 students. As of last week, more than 230 schools serving nearly 50,000 students were not open.

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