UN says starvation ‘imminent’ in Gaza, no let-up in Israeli assault
United Nations: UN aid deliveries to Gaza were suspended again due to shortages of fuel and communications shutdown, deepening misery of thousands of hungry and homeless Palestinians as Israeli troops battled Hamas fighters in enclave.
United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) said civilians faced “Immediate possibility of starvation” due to lack of food supplies. With war about to enter its seventh week, there was no sign of any let-up despite international calls for ceasefire or at least for humanitarian pauses.
Palestinian news agency WAFA said number of Palestinians were killed and others injured in an Israeli strike that hit group of displaced people near Rafah border crossing between Gaza Strip and Egypt-transit point for aid.
More than 11,500 Palestinians, at least 4,700 of them children have now been martyred in Israel’s retaliatory military assault on Hamas-ruled Gaza, according to Palestinian Health Ministry-toll that far surpasses previous bouts of conflict in recent years.
At Indonesian Hospital in North Gaza, people wounded in Israeli strikes lay in hallways. UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs quoting Palestinian data said Israeli attacks had destroyed or damaged at least 45 percent of Gaza’s housing units.
Published in The Daily National Courier, November, 18 2023