The United Nations condemns the decrease in communications in Gaza during the past 24 hours
The delivery of humanitarian aid and communications necessary to understand the situation in Gaza have been prevented during the past 24 hours in the Strip due to fuel shortages, as the United Nations stated in its daily report on the crisis. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs explained that the current communications outage, the fourth to occur since the start of hostilities and the first due to fuel shortages, prevented it from updating much of its daily health-related data. Status, food and other aspects.
For the third day in a row, no humanitarian supplies have arrived because the fuel shortage prevents the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNRWA) from receiving and distributing this essential aid for transportation and coordination via communications. This comes at a time when, according to the World Food Programme, cases of drought and malnutrition are increasing, and there is a risk of real famine if food shipments are not able to continue through the Rafah crossing, which connects Gaza to Egypt.
UNRWA indicated that the Israeli authorities informed it that, starting today, Saturday, they will allow 60,000 liters of fuel to enter Gaza daily from Egypt, through which the agency hopes to be able to conduct at least 37% of humanitarian operations, including food. distribution. He also noted that this flow of fuel could power hospital generators, at a time when three out of four in Gaza are unable to operate due to power shortages, some of which are the main battleground for clashes between Israel and Hamas.
The report indicates that, for the second day in a row, on Friday, Israeli forces surrounded, with tanks, Al-Ahli Hospital in the Gaza capital, and as has happened since the middle of the week, fighting continues in Al-Shifa Hospital, the largest hospital center in the Strip. ., where the Palestinian authorities reported that 40 patients had died due to clashes and fuel shortages since November 11.
More than 16,000 people were killed in the Gaza Strip during the 43-day war between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health – controlled by the Islamist militia’s political arm – which this morning updated its casualty tally. After not doing so since Thursday due to ongoing Israeli attacks and the collapse of the main hospitals in the Strip.
The report indicates that among the dead were at least 71 internally displaced persons, 45 Palestinian journalists, 198 doctors, and 103 UNRWA workers. It is estimated that 800,000 Palestinians, nearly two-thirds of the population who lived in northern Gaza before the conflict, remain in the area besieged by Israeli forces, despite days of Israeli-ordered evacuations along the Salah al-Din Highway. It is the main artery of the sector. Which crosses it from north to south.
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