The UN confirms that the situation in Gaza “has gone from disaster to collapse”
Many representatives of the United Nations have confirmed that the situation in the Gaza Strip, where Israeli attacks continue after 105 days, is one of great need for the civilian population, with 1.9 million missing, lack of food and sick children. “Since my last visit, the situation has gone from disaster to collapse,” said Ted Chaiban, deputy executive director of Unicef, in a statement after a three-day visit to the Palestinian enclave.
Chaiban detailed that there are more than 1.9 million displaced people, which roughly corresponds to 85% of the population of Gaza and that many are trying to find refuge in Rafah (southern border area with Egypt), where countless plastic tents crowded. are improvised that can accommodate up to 20 people. “It is difficult to understand the number of civilians at the border and the inhumane conditions they live in. “Water is scarce and poor sanitation is inevitable,” Chaiban said.
For its part, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) described how one of its schools in the city of Deir al-Balah, central Gaza, became a refuge for many displaced people. “The overcrowding is claustrophobic and the dirt is shocking. I have heard stories of women who prefer not to eat or drink water to avoid using unclean bathrooms,” said Philippe Lazzarini, commissioner general of UNRWA, in another statement, which also criticized “prolonged and repeated telecommunications shutdowns.”
The Gaza Strip experienced a seventh consecutive day of telephone and internet outages on Thursday, which according to Gaza authorities could increase the death toll, as emergency health services have no way to communicate and help the injured.