A desperate attempt to get some food led to disaster in the Gaza Strip. At least 104 people died in the stampede and chaos around the trucks, the Hamas-controlled health authority said.

The information cannot initially be independently verified. The circumstances are completely unclear. The tragedy occurred on a day when the 30,000 death mark since the start of the Israeli military offensive was passed.

The World Security Council met

Health authorities have accused the Israeli army of attacking a crowd waiting for aid to arrive in Gaza City. The information could not initially be independently verified. The Israeli army said dozens of people were killed and injured by the stampede and moving trucks.

The incident also concerns the UN Security Council. The UN’s most powerful body is scheduled to meet behind closed doors today. The UN calls for an investigation. This was stated by the representative of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York.

Israeli media, citing army sources, reported that part of the crowd, for an unknown reason, approached Israeli soldiers and put them in danger. The military first fired warning shots into the air and at the legs of those who were still approaching the soldiers. This information also could not be independently verified.


The situation in the Gaza Strip is hopeless: in addition to the dead, there are more than 70,000 wounded and thousands of missing people under the rubble. Israel explains its continued attacks by saying it wants to destroy terrorist structures in the Gaza Strip after terrorists from Hamas and other extremist groups carried out unprecedented massacres in Israel on October 7. The attacks plunge hundreds of thousands of children, the elderly, the sick, mothers and fathers into poverty. Life has become hell for about 2.2 million people. Some moments:

Food supply

A Palestinian woman told the German Press Agency that her 30-day-old daughter died of starvation due to lack of food. Amna Hajad said she does not have enough food and therefore cannot breastfeed her baby adequately. The three older children could barely move due to hunger. They only eat once a day. Due to stress, pregnant women are born prematurely and die due to lack of newborn care, reports the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

One in four residents of the Gaza Strip, at least 576,000 people, “are at risk of catastrophic levels of deprivation and hunger”, the World Food Program (WFP) warned at the UN Security Council. Patients in hospitals and people on the streets asked for a glass of water or a piece of bread, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

Even before the war, food, water, fuel and much more had to be brought from Israel. There were 500 trucks a day. Today the need is much greater due to the lack of local production, but in February an average of just under 100 trucks a day entered the Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian UN aid agency UNRWA. According to the UN emergency relief office OCHA, there is enough food and drinking water for the entire population. However, Israeli authorities repeatedly refused entry permits to the convoys.

healthcare

Hadi Kamal told dpa from the Gaza Strip that he cannot afford medicine for his six children when they are sick. This makes the situation even worse for the family, says the 52-year-old man, who worked in a supermarket before the war.

Of what was once 36 hospitals, only twelve are still partially operating on an emergency basis, although the WHO says demand has grown rapidly with tens of thousands of wounded. They have almost no electricity and no fuel for generators. Surgeries are sometimes carried out by candlelight on the floor, and the wounded are terrified due to the lack of painkillers and anesthesia. Chronically ill patients no longer receive much care because there are no drugs or electricity to run dialysis machines.

Many families are unable to transport the wounded or sick to hospitals for several days because there is shooting around the buildings. Upon arrival, the wounds are sometimes so infected that limbs have to be amputated. According to WHO, amputations are also carried out because there are no specialists who could save the limbs, and there is no room for operations that last several hours. According to UNFPA, newborns are dying because pregnant women often give birth prematurely during bombings and while fleeing.

Every day

Providing the basic necessities of life takes a whole day. Every journey is difficult because the streets are bombed and there are piles of rubble everywhere. In some places there is only one toilet for more than 400 people. People have to defecate on the streets. There are almost no washbasins. Sewage treatment plants and water pumping stations practically do not work due to lack of fuel. Few bakeries still have bread flour. Crowds of people are waiting there. To get drinking water, you will have to queue elsewhere.

Since solar panels are capable of generating electricity, people line up to charge their cell phones. There are no hygiene products for women and diapers for children. Many families took in orphans. Children were constantly injured under the rubble. According to the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, many children are in shock. But parents have neither the time nor the energy to provide them with the necessary emotional security.

Reside

By early January, nearly one in three buildings – 94,000 residential units – had been destroyed or damaged, according to a UN analysis of satellite imagery. Israel says its forces are only destroying hideouts of Hamas and other terrorist organizations.

People often run away – sometimes minutes before warning – with only what they are wearing. Thousands of people have been displaced several times. Currently, 1.5 million people have sought protection in the southern city of Rafah. They camp in small areas under plastic tarps or in tents, sometimes on the side of the road.

schools

The routine of going to school every day, which is so important for children, is canceled. Most school buildings have become refugee camps. They are not safe there: the organization says more than 400 people have been killed and more than 1,300 injured in attacks on 180 UNRWA schools used as shelters.

In cramped conditions and the lack of toilets and washbasins, diarrhea, skin and respiratory diseases spread. According to WHO, 90 percent of children under the age of five have had at least one infectious disease. Families also worry about young girls who are more likely to become victims of sexual violence while living in shelters or on the streets.

Safety

Because the need for help is so great, the few incoming aid convoys are sometimes stopped and destroyed after just a few hundred meters. Television footage showed desperate people using sticks to protect aid packages from others. According to OCHA, the Gaza Strip is also now showing signs of criminal activity. The gangs take the material, which later ends up on black markets. (dpa/kg)



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