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Imminent Humanitarian Disaster To Befall On Gaza As Israel’s Military Attack Continues


The
humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip continues to
deteriorate as the ongoing Israeli military offensive
reaches its eighth day, Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights
Monitor said today in a statement, warning that basic
service sectors might collapse if the attacks
persist.

The intense bombings carried out by Israeli
forces have caused the destruction of hundreds of homes and
service facilities and greatly affected electricity, water
and sanitation services in many areas of Gaza. This
threatens the city and its citizens with serious health and
environmental repercussions.

The constant bombings
affected large parts of the electricity network, most
notably the suspension of several main feeder lines while
other parts were irreparably damaged.

Since the Kerem
Shalom crossing, the only designated way for fuel to enter
was closed at the beginning of the attack, the sole power
station in Gaza is about to stop operating.

Stopping
the power plant and disrupting supply lines would exacerbate
the current crisis and would have a serious impact on the
basic services in the Gaza Strip, and affect the citizens’
access to water and sanitation services.

Many of
Gaza’s neighbourhoods have been suffering interruptions to
their water supply for days, especially since the bombings
destroyed many water and sewage lines.

The Israeli
army has carried out a large-scale destruction of more than
70 roads that stretch several kilometers, so far, to cut off
mobility between many neighbourhoods. The bombings focused
on the roads leading to Al-Shifa Medical Complex, Gaza first
medical facility, to impede the movement of aid.

About
40,000 are internally displaced due to the bombings and
suffer difficult conditions in shelter centers in UNRWA
schools in the governorates of North Gaza, Gaza City, the
Central Governorate and Rafah Governorate. Those displaced
have only received initial aid from local initiatives that
did not meet their minimum needs.

In addition, the
inadequate conditions they live in due to the lack of water
and health services increases the risk of transmitting the
Coronavirus, which is rampant in the Gaza Strip.

Due
to lack of safety, large quantities of waste accumulated in
the Gaza Strip, as transporting them to the central waste
dump in eastern Gaza is more dangerous since it is adjacent
to the borders.

Hundreds of poultry farms also face
difficulties in terms of providing feed and water or even
access to some of these farms due to the state of closure
.

The continuous bombing has caused almost complete
disruption of life and production. This will have serious
repercussions, especially for vulnerable groups who depend
on daily paid jobs.

The Israeli military attack on
Gaza must immediately end since it violates international
humanitarian law.

The relevant international
institutions must secure a fast supply line to provide
urgent needs for treating the wounded and assistance to all
displaced and affected groups.

The international
community and all actors must shoulder their
responsibilities to provide full protection for health
facilities and medical personnel and pressure Israel to stop
its violent attacks on
Gaza.

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