High Commissioner: A ceasefire is needed now to stave off a disaster in Gaza


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“One million children in Gaza are suffering from the escalating consequences of violent conflict with no safe place to go. Lives are lost and families shattered, Henrietta Fore said. UNICEF Executive Director.

Ms Fore’s comments came late Tuesday as the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)OCHAIt also reported that only five trucks in a humanitarian convoy of 24 vehicles managed to enter southern Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing, which Israeli authorities closed just hours after it reopened, and blamed activists who said they had fired mortar shells at it.

According to the UNICEF Secretary-General, nearly 30,000 children have been displaced in the occupied Palestinian territories since May 10.

This underlines the need for an “immediate cessation of hostilities on humanitarian grounds to allow entry of personnel and essential supplies, including fuel, medical materials, first aid kits and Covid-19 Vaccines. “

Humanitarian Corridors

Ms. Faure also called for the establishment of humanitarian corridors “so that we can safely deliver these supplies, so that families can be reunited with access to basic services, and so that the sick or wounded can be evacuated.”

An estimated 250,000 children need mental health services and protection, while four health facilities and at least 40 schools in Gaza have been damaged in weeks since tensions escalated to Palestinian rocket fire on Israel and Israeli air strikes, she added.

Electricity provision across Gaza has decreased by nearly 60 percent, making hospitals increasingly rely on generators to provide basic healthcare services.

“These generators require large amounts of fuel to function,” said Ms. Fore, adding that any reduction in healthcare capacity could jeopardize the treatment of people with COVID-19.

Schools are now shelters

The UNICEF official indicated that about 48 schools – most of them run by UNRWA – are being used as emergency shelters for families seeking refuge from the violence.

“Every day the conflict continues, children all over the State of Palestine and Israel will suffer,” she said. These children need a ceasefire now, as well as a long-term political solution to the wider conflict. They deserve much better than this terrible cycle of violence and fear that has lasted for a very long time. “


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