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Gaza has become ‘uninhabitable’, says UN humanitarian chief

Martin Griffiths (Via Martin Griffiths/Twitter)

Gaza’s humanitarian situation has reached a critical point, with the United Nations’ humanitarian chief, Martin Griffiths, warning that the besieged territory has become “uninhabitable” just three months after the outbreak of violence between Israel and Hamas. The dire conditions in Gaza have been described as a “public health disaster” unfolding, with dire consequences for the civilian population. The toll of the conflict is staggering, with tens of thousands of people, mostly women and children, killed or injured, and entire families forced to sleep in the open as temperatures drop.

The few partially functioning hospitals in Gaza are overwhelmed and critically short of essential supplies, leaving patients without the basic care they need. Infectious diseases are spreading rapidly, and amidst the chaos, nearly 180 Palestinian women are giving birth every day, often without access to proper medical care. Aid workers are struggling to reach the most vulnerable populations, and the international community has been urged to take immediate action to end the war and release all hostages.

Griffiths has stressed that it is “long past time for the war to end,” and the humanitarian community is faced with an “impossible mission” of supporting over two million people in Gaza while aid workers are killed, communications blackouts continue, roads are damaged, and vital commercial supplies are almost non-existent. The international community cannot turn a blind eye to the devastating consequences of this conflict, and it is essential that we work together to bring an end to the suffering in Gaza.

The Israeli military has launched an investigation into the failures surrounding the October 7 Hamas attack that sparked the current conflict, but many have criticized the timing of the investigation, with Israeli military, intelligence, and political leaders facing criticism for being caught off guard by the attack. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected calls for an investigation, saying the government must focus on the war and address questions later.

Martin Griffiths (Via Martin Griffiths/Twitter)

The investigation has also been met with resistance from hard-line Cabinet ministers, who have opposed the plans for an investigation. The Security Cabinet meeting was forced to break up due to the intense debate and disagreement over the investigation. The Israeli military’s chief spokesperson, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, has stated that the investigation will examine the chain of command, decision making, and former officials, but it remains to be seen if this will be enough to satisfy critics.

Gaza’s situation is desperate, and it is imperative that the international community takes immediate action to address this humanitarian crisis. The United Nations has repeatedly called for an end to the war and the release of all hostages, and it is crucial that the international community supports these demands. The world cannot turn a blind eye to the devastating consequences of this conflict, and it is essential that we work together to bring an end to the suffering in Gaza.

The humanitarian crisis in Gaza has far-reaching consequences for the civilians caught in the conflict, with conditions deteriorating daily. The international community must take heed of the warning signs and take immediate action to end the war and alleviate the humanitarian suffering. It is essential that we support the United Nations’ calls for an end to the conflict and work together to bring relief to the people of Gaza.

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