Humanitarian crisis: More than 21,000 Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks, WHO warns of grave crisis

Humanitarian crisis: More than 21,000 Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks, WHO warns of grave crisis

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Gaza’s 2.4 million people face severe shortages of water, food, fuel and medicine, with only limited aid reaching the area.

The United Nations says an estimated 1.9 million Gazans have been displaced.

AFPTV footage shows Palestinians taking shelter in a UN-run school in the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza fleeing southwards for safety from the bombing.

Displaced Gazans “don’t know where to go,” said one person, speaking on condition of anonymity. “First, we were displaced to Nusirat, then to Rafah.”

Even schools are “no longer safe”.

“A solution must be reached… implement a ceasefire instead of delivering aid,” he said.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas charged in a television interview that the war “goes beyond a catastrophe and a massacre”.

“Netanyahu’s plan is to get rid of the Palestinians and the Palestinian Authority,” said Abbas, who lives in the occupied West Bank.

The UN Security Council last week introduced a resolution calling for the “safe and unhindered delivery of large-scale humanitarian assistance”.

The resolution, which did not call for an immediate end to the fighting, effectively leaves Israel with operational oversight of aid delivery.

In the remote southern city of Rafah, hundreds of people arrived at the Abdul Salam Yassin Water Company with baskets, carts and even wheelchairs filled with empty bottles to get clean water.

“It was my father’s car,” said Rafah resident Amir al-Zaher. “He was martyred during the war. He used it to transport and sell fish, and now we are using it to transport fresh water.”

Elsewhere in Rafah, people broke wood and collected firewood as fuel shortages forced them to burn wood for cooking and staying warm.

Palestinian telecommunications company Paltel said internet and telephone services cut off on Tuesday were gradually being restored in central and southern areas of Gaza.

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