More than half of Gaza’s hospitals non-functional, aid needs unmet, and fuel running out
In the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict, the situation in Gaza has reached a critical point. avy Israeli bombardment, the most intense since 7 October, has resulted in the deaths of at least 400 Palestinians in the past 24 hours. Shockingly, more than half of Gaza’s hospitals are no longer functional, and the remaining medical facilities are under threat of being bombed by Israel.
The dire situation in Gaza is exacerbated by the fact that only 0.002 percent of the enclave’s immediate aid needs have been met. The United Nations’ World Food Programme has reported that the region is on the brink of running out of fuel within three days. This scarcity of resources further hampers the ability to provide essential medical care to the affected population.
In a tragic incident, an Israeli air strike hit a house in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, resulting in the deaths of seven Palestinians, including children. The Israeli bombardment has also targeted areas near al-Shifa and al-Quds hospitals, raising concerns about the safety of medical facilities and the well-being of patients.
The international community is closely monitoring the situation. China’s envoy to the Middle East, Zhai Jun, has expressed deep concern, stating that the conflict in Gaza poses a serious risk of spreading throughout the region. China is willing to play a constructive role in promoting dialogue and achieving a ceasefire.
Western leaders, including US President Joe Biden, have reiterated Israel’s right to defend itself. However, they have also called for the protection of civilians and the immediate release of all hostages. The Quint, consisting of the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and the UK, has welcomed the arrival of aid convoys in Gaza but acknowledges that only a minuscule fraction of the enclave’s relief needs have been met so far.
The situation remains dire on the ground, with reports of bodies being recovered from the rubble following Israeli air strikes in Rafah and Jabalia. The Palestinian Civil Defence has stated that at least 30 bodies have been found, mostly women and children, and there are still many people trapped under the debris.
As the conflict escalates, the US State Department’s Bureau for Consular Affairs has issued an advisory urging American citizens in Lebanon to leave immediately due to the unpredictable security situation. The war between Israel and armed Palestinian groups based in Gaza has raised concerns about the potential for further violence and instability in the region.
The international community must continue diplomatic efforts to prevent the conflict from spreading and work towards a lasting ceasefire. Urgent action is needed to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, ensure the safety of hospitals and medical facilities, and provide essential aid to the affected population.