Israel’s War on Gaza: Palestinian Death Toll Soars, Humanitarian Emergency Unfolds
Israeli forces intensified their military operations in Khan Younis, releasing tank and drone strikes that have claimed the lives of at least 210 people in the past 24 hours. The situation has prompted evacuation orders for approximately 513,000 residents in southern Gaza.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on all parties to step back and carefully consider the potential costs of an expanded conflict.
Seven out of 24 hospitals in northern Gaza are reported to be partially functioning, with critical personnel shortages and essential supplies. These medical facilities face a challenge with the surge in injuries, needing more specialised medical staff to handle the varied and high volume of cases. Shortages extend beyond personnel to include critical resources such as medicines, medical supplies, fuel, clean water, and food for patients and the exhausted medical staff on the front lines.
On Tuesday, the WHO attempted to deliver 19,000 litres (5,000 gallons) of fuel to al-Shifa Hospital. However, the delivery encountered delays at a checkpoint and on damaged roads, highlighting the logistical challenges faced by aid organisations attempting to provide essential assistance.
The Palestinian death toll from Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7 stands at 25,700, with the majority being women and children, while 63,740 are reported wounded.
Meanwhile, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has stated that the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza is open 24/7. However, he pointed out that Israeli procedures block the entrance of much-needed aid. El-Sisi suggested that Israel’s actions may be a form of pressure related to the release of hostages.
Israeli protesters, including family members of captives in Gaza, blocked the entrance of the Israel-controlled Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing. They aim to halt humanitarian relief to the war-torn territory until the release of captives occurs.
Amid these developments, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi travelled to Turkey for discussions with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on strategies to prevent the escalation of Israel’s war on Gaza. Raisi highlighted the common position of Iran and Turkey in supporting the Palestinian people and their resistance against oppression.
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