The ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine has resulted in aid being unable to reach the northern region of Gaza, causing the death toll to continue to rise.
The Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health reported that 8,805 Palestinians have lost their lives since 7 October. This includes 3,648 children and 2,187 women. Additionally, 22,240 individuals have been injured, according to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Strikes on Jabalia Refugee Camp
According to OCHA, ongoing Israeli ground operations and bombardments in northern Gaza have resulted in several deadly incidents, including heavy airstrikes on Jabalia Refugee Camp for the second consecutive day within a 24-hour period. Multiple residential buildings were reportedly destroyed and “dozens” of casualties were reported, according to OCHA.
The OHCHR, the UN’s human rights office, stated on Wednesday that they have concerns about the high number of civilian deaths and injuries in Gaza, as well as the extensive destruction caused by Israeli airstrikes on Jabalia refugee camp. They believe these attacks may be disproportionate and could potentially be considered war crimes.
in a year if they do not receive treatment.
If cancer patients do not receive treatment, there is a possibility that dozens of them could lose their lives within a year.
Unfortunately, the Turkish-Palestinian Friendship Hospital in Gaza, which serves many chronically ill individuals, has been unable to continue most of its services due to a lack of fuel. As a result, approximately 70 patients are now at risk, according to OCHA’s post on social media platform X on Thursday.
According to OCHA, there are reports that the Al Hilo Hospital in Gaza city was hit by shelling on Wednesday night. OCHA also expressed concern over the fact that the hospital’s maternity ward, which is now being used to treat the injured, had taken in patients from the Shifa hospital.
At the moment, 14 hospitals in Gaza are not operational out of a total of 35.
since the government and the rebels have been fighting
There have been no aid shipments to the northern region due to ongoing conflict between the government and rebel forces.
According to OCHA, due to the ground operations by Israel and ensuing conflicts with Palestinian armed groups, Gaza city and northern Gaza have experienced significant isolation from the rest of the strip.
This indicates that the transfer of humanitarian assistance from the southern region to approximately 300,000 internally displaced individuals in the northern region has ceased.
On Wednesday, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated that ten trucks filled with water, food, and medication were able to enter Gaza through the Rafah crossing, which borders Egypt on the southern side of the enclave. This brings the overall number of aid trucks allowed into Gaza since October 21st to 227.
The United Nations’ relief coordinator, Martin Griffiths, recently visited Israel and the Palestinian territories under Israeli occupation. He stated that while some trucks have been able to enter Gaza through difficult negotiations, the amount is not sufficient to provide significant relief.
The Israeli government continues to prohibit the supply of necessary fuel for hospitals, ambulances, and water desalination facilities.
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