The war in southern Gaza has escalated, causing complete blockage of aid access to the northern region.
The most recent report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated an increase in casualties and destruction due to intense bombing by Israel via air, land, and sea.
According to OCHA’s situation update, between the afternoon of December 2nd and the afternoon of December 3rd, a total of 316 individuals were killed and 664 others were injured in Gaza. The report also stated that an Israeli soldier had been killed over the weekend in the enclave, while another had passed away from previously sustained injuries.
After a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel on December 1st, which had resulted in the release of around 240 hostages taken during a terror attack by Hamas, there has been a resurgence of violence. Israeli authorities reported that the attack had resulted in the deaths of approximately 1,200 people. The ceasefire had also allowed for the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel.
According to health officials in Gaza, over 15,000 individuals have died since October 7th.
Nowhere is safe
UNWRA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, expressed worries for innocent civilians affected by the conflict and stated that in Rafah, located in the southern region, individuals were being compelled to evacuate due to ongoing airstrikes.
“People are begging for guidance on locating a safe haven,” stated UNRWA Affairs Director Thomas White. “Unfortunately, we have no information to offer them.”
Around 1.8 million people in Gaza are currently residing in the southern region, following a directive from the Israeli Defense Forces for residents to evacuate the northern area of the Strip in mid-October.
According to a recent update, OCHA stated that the Israeli army has marked a section of Khan Younis city, which covers approximately 20% of the area, for urgent evacuation on Sunday. This designated area has also been shared on social media through an online map.
The United Nations aid coordination office reported that before the conflict began, approximately 117,000 individuals resided in this region. The area contained 21 shelters where around 50,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) were living, with most having been displaced from the northern region.
Essential assistance continues to arrive.
At the same time, OCHA announced that a certain amount of crucial humanitarian goods arrived in Gaza on Sunday night from Egypt. However, the specific quantity and items are not known. Additionally, ten humanitarian workers entered through the Rafah border crossing, which also facilitated the departure of 566 foreign nationals and dual citizens, as well as 13 injured individuals and 11 accompanying persons.
Security Council meets
The UN Security Council was scheduled to have private discussions on Monday regarding the ongoing violence in Gaza, reflecting global concern over the situation.
The gathering, anticipated to include Rosemary DiCarlo, the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, was asked for by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE expressed concern about the renewed fighting and ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.
Killing of children
In a recent social media post, a scene of destroyed buildings and upset children was shared from southern Gaza. UNICEF spokesperson James Elder expressed outrage at the ongoing deaths of children due to continuous bombing during the night.
From a shelter, the UN representative used his phone’s camera to show Khaled and Hannah, two infants sleeping next to each other. He asked for others to see and pray for their survival in the coming days. He expressed his frustration at the constant deaths of children in the area.
The source of this information is the United Nations news website.