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Israel’s airstrikes in Gaza displace residents as casualties rise, leaving cemeteries overwhelmed with the dead.

Israeli Air Strikes Push Gaza Towards Humanitarian Catastrophe

Israeli air strikes have rendered major cemeteries in Gaza inaccessible, forcing mourning families to bury their loved ones in makeshift graveyards. These informal burial sites are dug in empty lots, as the ongoing siege exacerbates the humanitarian crisis in the region. Since Saturday, Gaza has been under intense bombardment by Israeli forces in response to an attack by Hamas militants. The violence has resulted in over 1,200 deaths, including hundreds of children, and has displaced more than 218,000 people.

Desperate Measures Amidst the Siege

The main Martyrs Cemetery in Khan Younis, already nearing capacity before the recent escalation, now displays signs prohibiting further burials. As a result, families are left with no choice but to bury their loved ones in random areas scattered between houses or in empty lots provided by sympathetic landlords. The situation has become even more dire as the continuous bombardment has rendered the roads to the cemetery impassable and dangerously close to the anticipated Israeli ground assault.

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A Tragic Scene

With hospital morgues overwhelmed by the constant influx of bodies, families are left searching for alternative burial sites. After the Samour family fell victim to a strike on their house, their bodies were transported in a truck covered with flowery blankets to an empty lot near their demolished home. As gravediggers meticulously marked individual graves with concrete blocks, grief-stricken relatives caressed the shrouded bodies before laying them to rest. The scenes of mourning and devastation are heart-wrenching, with the true extent of the civilian casualties becoming increasingly apparent.

Prolonged Power Outages and Makeshift Shelters

The shortages of essential supplies, particularly electricity, are further exacerbating the crisis. Hospitals are struggling to provide adequate care as power outages disrupt medical equipment, placing vulnerable patients at risk. Without electricity, hospitals could turn into morgues, unable to sustain life-saving treatments such as kidney dialysis or X-ray imaging. Meanwhile, the displaced population seeks shelter in overcrowded UN schools, where access to basic necessities like electricity and water is severely limited.

As the devastation continues to unfold in Gaza, it is crucial for the international community to address the urgent humanitarian needs of the region. The innocent civilians caught in the crossfire deserve immediate assistance and relief from this dire situation.

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