The Palestinian massacre imposed by Israel reaches its 72nd day with devastating scenes, followed daily on social media. This Sunday (17), the Israelis insisted on attacks on the Gaza Strip, ignoring international calls for a permanent truce.
Internally, calls for a ceasefire have also increased, since Israeli forces acknowledged that their soldiers mistakenly murdered three Israelis last Friday (15). They would be hostages taken by Hamas in the attacks on October 7th.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Adnan Abu Hasna, spokesman for the United Nations Palestinian Refugee Agency (UNRWA), described the situation in the Gaza Strip as “A catastrophe. A tsunami, a humanitarian tsunami, in fact.”
According to the United Nations (UN), 1.9 million Palestinians have had to be displaced from their homes since the beginning of Israel’s attacks on the population in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
Humanitarian aid trucks, which transport basic resources such as food, water and medicine, continue to be blocked by Israel at the entrance to the Gaza Strip. The few who pass the barrier are stopped on the road by hungry and thirsty Palestinians.
“Hunger has emerged in recent weeks and we find more and more people who have not eaten for one, two or three days”, explains Phelippe Lazzarini, president of UNRWA. “What we have at the moment in Gaza is, at best, humanitarian opportunism that tries to reach, through some still accessible roads, not yet destroyed, some people in a place where there is the minimum condition of providing a little food, or water, or some other basic supply,” he concluded.
To date, Gaza’s Ministry of Health counts 18,787 deaths and 50,897 injuries, while Israeli authorities say approximately 1,200 of its civilians have been killed by Hamas. According to the agency, 70% of the victims are women and children.
Editing: Rodrigo Gomes