UN Secretary General: Humanitarian System in Gaza on the Verge of Total Collapse
ArkWebX – United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the humanitarian system in the Gaza Strip, Palestine, is currently on the verge of total collapse.
“The humanitarian system in Gaza is facing total collapse with unimaginable impact on more than 2 million civilians,” Guterres said in an official statement on the UN website, Friday (27/10).
He said that amid the intensified bombardment of Gaza, the basic needs of civilians are increasingly critical.
Guterres regretted that humanitarian aid convoys are getting fewer and fewer. Before the Israeli aggression intensified since October 7, Guterres said that there were 500 trucks entering Gaza.
“In recent days, an average of only 12 trucks per day have entered, although the need is much greater than before,” he continued.
He then requested that the verification system for the movement of goods in Rafah, Gaza’s border with Egypt, be adjusted to allow more trucks to enter without delay.
“We must fulfill the core expectations and needs of civilians in Gaza. Life-saving humanitarian aid [such as] food, water, medicine, fuel must be provided to all civilians quickly, safely and on a large scale,” he said.
Severe Humanitarian Crisis
Since the Hamas vs Israel war broke out last October 7, isolated civilians in Gaza have been experiencing a severe humanitarian crisis under Israel’s total blockade.
They have difficulty getting water, food, electricity, and fuel to survive in the midst of the raging war.
Not only residents, but hospitals throughout Gaza are also affected by the blockade. Hospitals can no longer use electrical equipment, so patients with intensive care are at risk of dying.
Humanitarian aid has started to enter Gaza since Saturday (10/21) last week. However, the aid does not include fuel because Israel does not allow it.
Israel considers that the fuel will only be used by Hamas to launch attacks against them.
On Friday (10/27) night, Israel announced that it would begin intensive ground and air attacks on Gaza. Along with that, communication channels in Gaza were completely shut down due to damage from the onslaught.
The death toll from the war between Hamas and Israel has so far reached more than 8,700 people, with 1,400 on the Israeli side. Of the total number, 3,000 of them are children.