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Israel’s Gaza airstrikes cause bread shortage and water scarcity, challenging local bakeries and residents.

Gaza Faces Humanitarian Crisis as Israeli Bombardment Continues

Gaza is experiencing a dire humanitarian crisis as Israeli airstrikes intensify, causing severe shortages of bread, drinking water, and electricity. Families are left without means of communication, unable to find out if their fleeing relatives are safe.

A Region in Crisis

The unrelenting Israeli bombardment has led to an electricity crisis, food crisis, water crisis, and a crisis of everything, according to Eyad Abu Mutlaq, a resident of Khan Younis in south Gaza. The influx of people fleeing the north for fear of an Israeli invasion has further strained the already limited resources in the region.

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UN Urges Action

The United Nations has called on Israel to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza. The densely populated territory, squeezed between Israel, Egypt, and the Mediterranean Sea, is facing a “total blockade” with halted food supplies and electricity cuts. The situation has resulted in shops running out of essential items, exacerbating the suffering of the people.

Desperate Need for Basic Necessities

Residents of Khan Younis, like Um Salem, are struggling to find basic food items such as eggs, rice, canned food, and milk for their children. They feel that Israel is waging a dual assault, using both bombs and starvation as weapons against the people of Gaza.

Challenges Faced by Fleeing Palestinians

Israel claims to have advised people to evacuate the north for their safety, promising safe passage until a certain time. However, many roads and streets have been damaged and are difficult or impossible to use. The result is a challenging journey for those seeking shelter in the south.

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Humanitarian Assistance Needed

The Gaza Strip urgently requires fuel to ensure access to safe drinking water. The lack of fuel and the ongoing blockade put vulnerable groups, including young children, the elderly, and women, at risk of severe dehydration. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) appeals for the immediate lifting of the siege on humanitarian assistance.

International Efforts to Address the Crisis

U.S. President Joe Biden has prioritized addressing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. He is working with Israel, Egypt, Jordan, other Arab states, and the United Nations to find a resolution. Simultaneously, efforts are being made to ensure Israel has the necessary support to respond to the attack and bring any U.S. hostages home.

Healthcare Struggles

Hospitals in Gaza are overwhelmed, with more than 10,000 reported injuries. Medical supplies and fuel to power generators are running low, making it increasingly challenging for healthcare facilities to provide adequate care to the injured.

Infrastructure Destruction

The Israeli airstrikes have resulted in the destruction of over 1,695 buildings and high-rise towers, along with 7,000 housing units. The impact on infrastructure further compounds the difficulties faced by the people of Gaza.

A Cut-Off Population

The lack of electricity has cut off most Gazans from the outside world. With power cuts and limited access to fuel, charging mobile phones has become a challenge, hindering communication and the ability to check in on loved ones.

The situation in Gaza remains critical, with the urgent need for international assistance to alleviate the suffering and prevent a further worsening of the humanitarian crisis.

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