UN agencies appeal for urgent aid access to Gaza amidst Israeli conflict

UN agencies appeal for urgent aid access to Gaza
UN agencies appeal for urgent aid access to Gaza

The United Nations agencies have shown concern over the aid to Gaza, the region that is most affected because of the Hamas-Israel conflict. The agencies have claimed that they are called “on our knees” for aid to be allowed unimpeded into Gaza. It outlined that more than 20 deliveries were needed to support the population in Gaza after two weeks of Israeli air strikes.

According to the reports, the agencies associated with the UN have been doing everything possible to provide aid to civilians in Gaza following the blockade imposed by Israeli authorities on the coastal strip. The Israeli authorities have begun bombardments in the Gaza Strip to remove the Hamas militants, who surprisingly attacked Israel from the southern direction on October 7.

Aid from Egypt to Gaza

After intense diplomatic efforts, Egypt was able to send trucks of aid to Gaza on Saturday. However, the US organisations have claimed that they are far from many of them. 

Aid for Gaza Strip | Credits: Google Images

It is to be noted that the continuous air raid from Israel has left the 2.3 million people of the Gaza Strip homeless, out of which many are severely and minorly injured. Along with this, the population has also been dealing with the problem of a short supply of food and clean. 

Concerns from UN Organisations

Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) – Jeremy Laurence, “The aid which resumed from Egypt over the weekend is a mere drop in the ocean of what is needed,” according to news agency Reuters.

In addition to this, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) highlighted that the scarcity of fuel is a big deal and it has not been sent to the Gaza Strip along with the humanitarian aid.

The spokesperson for UNRWA, Tamara Alrifai, was quoted saying, “Fuel is extremely urgent because without fuel, the trucks themselves cannot move,” adding, “Without fuel, the generators cannot produce electricity for hospitals, for bakeries and for the water desalination plant.”

United Nations Agencies | Credits: Google

According to the stats shared by Deputy Head of Emergencies at the World Food Programme – Brain Lander, as many as 465 trucks of humanitarian aid are required per day to provide assistance to the war-affected region (Gaza).

Lander stressed that the people of Gaza are even facing difficulty in getting essential products, including water and food. “We’re seeing at best 20 trucks a day at the moment,” he outlined.

Rick Brennan, WHO Regional Emergencies Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region, underscored that medicines and health supplies have been delivered by the World Health Organisation to three referral hospitals in southern Gaza. He further outlined that, for now, they are away from the north of the Palestinian enclave – which is known to be one of the most densely populated places in the world.

In this regard, he was quoted saying, “We still have not been able to reach the hospitals in the north with the medical supplies or the desperately needed fuel.”

He further outlined that around one-third of hospitals in the Gaza Strip were non-functional at the time, making the burden on hospital staff enormous. Brennan further highlighted that some two-thirds of clinics remain unfunctional.

He stated, “We are on our knees asking for that sustained, scaled up, protected humanitarian operation,” adding, “We appeal to all of those in a situation to make a decision or to influence decision-makers to give us the humanitarian space to address this human catastrophe.”

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