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Gaza Health Ministry reports meningitis, hepatitis outbreak among displaced Palestinians

April 24, 2024 at 9:03 pm

A child runs alongside sewage near tents for displaced people on the Egyptian-Palestinian border, south of Rafah, on 21 January, 2024 [Loay Ayyoub/Washington Post via Getty Images]

Gaza’s Health Ministry, on Wednesday, reported the outbreak of meningitis and hepatitis among displaced Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Anadolu Agency reports.

A Ministry statement said several cases of meningitis and hepatitis were recorded due to the sewage overflow and the lack of clean water in refugee camps.

“This threatens to cause a health catastrophe, especially among children,” he warned.

The Ministry appealed to UN agencies and humanitarian organisations to urgently intervene to mitigate the health crisis.

Israel has launched a brutal offensive on the Gaza Strip since a cross-border attack by Hamas on 7 October, 2023, which killed nearly 1,200 people.

However, since then, it has been revealed by Haaretz that helicopters and tanks of the Israeli army had, in fact, killed many of the 1,139 soldiers and civilians claimed by Israel to have been killed by the Palestinian Resistance.

More than 34,200 Palestinians have since been killed and 77,200 others injured amid a tight siege imposed by Israel, which left the entire population, especially residents of northern Gaza, on the verge of starvation.

More than six months into the Israeli war, vast swathes of Gaza lay in ruins, pushing 85 per cent of the enclave’s population into internal displacement amid a crippling blockade of food, clean water and medicine, according to the UN.

Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which, in January, issued an interim ruling that ordered it to stop genocidal acts and take measures to guarantee that humanitarian assistance is provided to civilians in Gaza.

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