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United Nations: Gazans struggle for survival; north sealed off

The following are from an article posted on the United Nation’s website on November 8, 2023.

The entire article can be read on the United Nation’s website.

 


 

  • Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians still in northern Gaza face unprecedented hardship after being isolated by Israeli military operations, while a medical convoy sent by the UN and partners was fired on in Gaza City
  • foreign ministers from the G7 group of countries joined international calls on Wednesday for humanitarian pauses in the fighting to protect civilians, help bring in aid and support the release of the more than 240 hostages held captive in Gaza by Hamas since 7 October.
  • No bakeries are functioning in the north because of a lack of fuel, water and flour and no food or bottled water has been distributed there in a week

Convoy under fire

  • hospitals in the north now conduct surgery without anaesthesia
  • OCHA reported that a convoy of five trucks from WHO and the UN agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA), escorted by two vehicles of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) came under fire on its way to deliver lifesaving medical supplies to the Shifa and Al Quds hospitals in Gaza city on Tuesday.

99 UNRWA staffers killed

  • the number of UN Palestine refugee agency (UNRWA) staff who have been killed during the continuing Israeli bombardment, has reached 99.

Evacuation trickle

  • Israeli bombardments continued across the Gaza Strip while Palestinian armed groups continued launching projectiles toward Israel.
  • OCHA said that the Israeli military reiterated its evacuation orders to residents in the north and on Tuesday, for the fourth consecutive day, opened a “corridor” along a main traffic artery, giving residents a four-hour window to move southwards.

Children on life support at risk

  • On Tuesday the Israeli army also renewed its evacuation orders for the Rantisi hospital in Gaza City, the only paediatric facility in the north

War crime warning

  • As many as a third of all buildings in northern Gaza have reportedly been destroyed or damaged
  • Balakrishnan Rajagopal, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, said that carrying out hostilities “with the knowledge that they will systematically destroy and damage civilian housing and infrastructure, rendering an entire city – such as Gaza city – uninhabitable for civilians is a war crime”.

Chronic water shortage

  • In southern Gaza, finding food and water remains challenging, OCHA said. 
  • “the only operative mill in Gaza” is at a standstill due to a lack of electricity and fuel.
  • Water entering from Egypt in bottles and jerry cans is “addressing only four per cent of the residents’ water needs per day”

Aid ‘a drop in the ocean’

  • WHO has called the amount of aid it has been able to provide so far “a drop in the ocean” compared to the vast needs
  • On Thursday, November 9th, UN relief chief Martin Griffiths will represent Secretary-General António Guterres at an international conference on humanitarian aid for Gaza’s civilians hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

 


 

Note: On November 6, 2023 an article was posted on the United Nation’s website entitled Gaza: ‘Unfolding catastrophe’ makes humanitarian ceasefire more urgent

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