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Gaza has reached a point where civilisation is 'about to break down': WHO

December 8, 2023 at 1:52 pm

Palestinian children light fire to keep themselves warm at night as Palestinian people set up tents around the Nasser Hospital to take shelter and continue their daily lives under difficult conditions due to Israeli attacks in Khan Yunis, Gaza on December 6, 2023. [Abed Zagout – Anadolu Agency]

The World Health Organisation (WHO), on Friday, warned that Gaza has reached a point where civilisation is “about to break down”, Anadolu Agency reports.

WHO spokesperson, Christian Lindmeier, said in a UN press briefing in Geneva that his colleagues in the field told him some “horrific scenarios” in which people were “actually begging and crying for water”.

Lindmeier noted that people receive up to only two litres of fresh water daily, but this is not only used for drinking.

We’re at that level where the most normal and basic supplies are not available anymore. So, we’re at that level where really the civilisation is about to break down, the society is about to break down

he stressed.

He also said that

the convoys belonging to the WHO have been stopped on the road by the people as they are desperate in search of more food and water.

They are in a situation “where the population is being forced into a horrible scenario that all civil society breaks down,” he added.

On Wednesday, UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, invoked Article 99 of the UN Charter for the first time since he assumed the organisation’s top post in 2017 for the establishment of a ceasefire, saying the current conditions are making it impossible for “meaningful humanitarian operations” to be conducted.

Israel resumed its military offensive against the Gaza Strip on 1 December after the end of a week-long humanitarian pause with the Palestinian group, Hamas.

At least 17,177 Palestinians have been killed and more than 46,000 others injured in relentless air and ground attacks on the enclave since 7 October following a cross-border attack by Hamas.

The Israeli death toll in the Hamas attack stood at 1,200, according to official figures.

READ: Gaza near humanitarian ‘collapse’; lasting cease-fire imperative: UN migration agency