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The number of fatalities in Gaza has exceeded 5,000 and a ceasefire does not appear to be imminent in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.
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The number of fatalities in Gaza has exceeded 5,000 and a ceasefire does not appear to be imminent in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Reiterating the same statement, the director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, made a fresh plea on Monday for continuous support in ensuring the safe delivery of medical supplies and fuel to maintain the operation of health facilities.

He emphasized on platform X that these decisions have a direct impact on people’s lives.

According to recent news from the Gaza Ministry of Health, the death toll in Gaza since October 7th has increased to 5,087 individuals.

Over 62% of the fatalities have been women and children, with over 15,273 people reported as injured.

35 UNRWA staff members have been killed.

According to the most recent report released on Monday night, the number of UN employees working for UNRWA, the agency for Palestine refugees, has risen to 35. Additionally, 18 staff members have sustained injuries.

More than 40 facilities run by UNRWA have been impacted since the outbreak of violence on October 7th.

People queue outside a bakery in Gaza.

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A line of individuals forms outside a bakery in Gaza.

According to UNRWA, there are currently approximately 600,000 internally displaced individuals taking shelter in 150 UNRWA facilities. Out of these, around 420,000 are seeking refuge in 93 shelters located in Middle, Khan Younis, and Rafah areas, which are further south. This marks a rise of roughly 14,000 civilians in the last 24 hours.

According to the most recent update from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) regarding the crisis, over 1,000 individuals have been reported as missing and are believed to be either trapped or deceased beneath the debris.

The primary healthcare facility in Gaza, Shifa hospital, is currently providing medical care for approximately 5,000 individuals, significantly exceeding its typical capacity of 700 patients.

On Monday, the UN Spokesperson announced that the average occupancy of shelters in Gaza is 4,400 people, which is approximately 2.5 times higher than their intended capacity.

Each UNRWA classroom is currently accommodating approximately 70 civilian individuals.


Israel experienced a threefold increase in fatalities from…

As reported by OCHA, Israeli government sources state that approximately 1,400 individuals have lost their lives in Israel, with the majority of casualties occurring during the Hamas assaults on October 7th that sparked the current conflict.

According to OCHA, the reported number of deaths is more than three times the total of Israeli fatalities recorded since 2005.

The Israeli government has reported that there are currently at least 212 Israeli and foreign individuals being held against their will in Gaza. Two captives were released last Friday. The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has consistently urged Hamas to release the hostages without delay or conditions.

Trickle of aid

The Egyptian Red Crescent reported that a convoy of 20 trucks entered Gaza from Egypt on Monday via the Rafah border crossing. This was confirmed by UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric during a briefing with reporters in New York.

He stated that this amount was only 4% of the pre-crisis daily needs for commodities for Gaza’s population of over 2 million.

This was the third shipment after the border reopened on Saturday for the first time since the conflict began, following extensive diplomatic attempts.

Over the course of the weekend, 34 trucks carrying aid from the UN and the Egyptian Red Crescent arrived in the enclave. The UN has emphasized the need for at least 100 aid trucks per day in order to address the increasing humanitarian needs.

Urgent requirement for gasoline

The (UNRWA) has issued a warning on Sunday that they are likely to exhaust their fuel supply in three days, which could jeopardize the humanitarian efforts in Gaza.

Philippe Lazzarini, the leader of UNRWA, stated that the lack of fuel would result in a lack of water and the inability for hospitals and bakeries to function. He also expressed concern that the shortage of fuel would have a severe impact on the well-being of children, women, and people in Gaza.

Education void

OCHA has reported that over 625,000 children in Gaza have been unable to attend school for at least 12 days and 206 schools have been harmed. 29 of these schools are run by UNRWA.

On Sunday, UNRWA announced that 29 personnel have died in Gaza since October 7th, with half of them being teachers.

In the West Bank, the violence has led to limitations on educational opportunities. According to OCHA, schools in the area were shut down from October 7th to 9th, impacting around 782,000 students. As of last week, more than 230 schools with a student population of 50,000 had not resumed classes.

A special session will be held on Thursday for urgent matters.

The spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly has verified that the 10th Emergency Special Session regarding Israel and Palestine will resume on Thursday.

The session is officially named “Unlawful Actions by Israel in Occupied East Jerusalem and the Rest of Palestinian Territory.”

The United Nations can hold special meetings where all of its members can suggest actions to be taken together in situations of extreme difficulty. These meetings can be called for by either the Security Council (if at least seven members agree) or a majority of the General Assembly.

The Tenth Emergency Session came to a close in 2018.

The protection of human rights must be the top priority, according to the chief in charge of rights.

The United Nations human rights chief, Volker Türk, emphasized the importance of a comprehensive humanitarian ceasefire for both Gaza and Israel.

The High Commissioner emphasized that countless innocent lives, including many children, have been lost due to the ongoing conflict. If nothing changes, more civilians will be in danger of losing their lives due to ongoing bombings. The well-being of humanity must be the top priority.

He expressed concern about the dire situation in the Gaza Strip, stating that the reports of overcrowding and disease spreading are alarming.

The cycle of violence will continue unless leaders make courageous and compassionate decisions that align with our basic humanity. The initial action should be an urgent ceasefire to protect civilians, with the prompt and efficient delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza based on their needs rather than arbitrary criteria.