UN Chief Renews Call for Ceasefire Amid Death, Destruction and Hunger in Gaza
Uday Abu Mohsen is perhaps the youngest victim of the Gaza bombardment. Palestinian photojournalist Belal Khaled shared the one-day-old infant’s picture captioned: “He was one day old. His death certificate was issued before his birth certificate.”
Khaled is among the citizens who document death and destruction taking place in Gaza after the telecommunication services, which had been disrupted, are slowly being restored. Sensitive visuals of the civilian battle for aid and healthcare are widely shared on social media platforms.
The Health Ministry in Gaza earlier reported that the ongoing Israeli attacks, which began on 7 October, have so far killed over 8,000 Palestinians, including 3,342 children, 2,062 women, and 460 elderly.
The United Nations chief has called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and Israel, urging an end to the ongoing violence. However, ground attacks persist in Gaza. In the occupied West Bank, at least three Palestinians have lost their lives in overnight Israeli raids.
Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, expresses readiness for an “immediate” prisoner swap with Israel.
Palestinian officials confirm the re-pumping of water from the second of three water pipelines supplying Gaza. Mazen Ghoneim, the head of the Palestinian Water Authority, notes that this will help alleviate the water shortage in Gaza during the ongoing aggression.
During the recent blackout in Gaza, Palestinian journalists and civilians resorted to using torches to search for people trapped under the rubble of buildings. Medical professionals rushed to rescue injured civilians and transport those who didn’t survive to nearby morgues.
Israeli authorities issued an evacuation notice for al-Quds Hospital, affiliated with the Palestinian Red Crescent. Hospital authorities reported that they received no less than five warnings from the Israeli army, indicating an imminent threat of bombing. The Hospital shelters 12,000 displaced civilians with 400 patients under treatment.
The Palestinian Red Crescent (PRCS) has received an additional 10 humanitarian aid trucks that arrived via the Rafah crossing, provided by the Egyptian Red Crescent. These trucks include food and critical medical resources.
This recent delivery brings the total number of humanitarian aid trucks that have arrived in the Gaza Strip to 94. None of these trucks transported fuel.
In a separate development, the United Nations relief agency for Palestinian refugees reported an incident where thousands of Gaza’s residents broke into aid depots overnight. Driven by the scarcity of basic supplies, they took flour and other essential items to meet their immediate needs.
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