In a desperate plea, United Nations (UN) agencies have called for unimpeded aid to be delivered to Gaza, emphasizing the critical need to support the Palestinian population in the wake of two weeks of Israeli air strikes. They stated that more than 20 times the current aid deliveries are required.
The appeal comes in the context of a full blockade imposed by Israel on the coastal strip and ongoing bombardments aimed at rooting out Hamas militants. These militants had previously carried out a raid into southern Israel, resulting in civilian casualties.
After significant diplomatic efforts, several supply trucks started to enter Gaza from Egypt, but the UN agencies believe that these efforts are far from sufficient. Gaza’s 2.3 million inhabitants are in a terrible position, with many suffering from severe wounds, a lack of food, and access to clean water.
The help that Egypt resumed providing over the weekend is only a drop in the bucket of what is required, emphasized Jeremy Laurence, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
The plea for immediate and unfettered help seeks to alleviate suffering and address the humanitarian disaster in Gaza caused by recent hostilities.
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