A World Health Organization official in Gaza expressed deep concern about the worsening situation due to intensified Israeli bombardment in the southern Palestinian enclave around Khan Younis and Rafah. The people are scared and anxious about what lies ahead.
In this atmosphere, no one can feel safe. Richard Peeperkorn, WHO's representative in Gaza, highlighted the escalating crisis during a video link with reporters. He emphasized that the bombardment was intensifying in the southern districts, notably Khan Younis and Rafah.
The Israelis have clearly emphasized what their goals are and they do not intend to give up on them for a single moment. Peeperkorn stressed the inadequacy of humanitarian aid reaching Gaza and expressed grave concerns about the vulnerability of the densely populated enclave's health system.
He emphasized the growing humanitarian disaster as more people sought refuge in the south to escape the attacks. The population no longer knows what to do in this chaotic state. Some plan to stay and fight, while most want to leave the Gaza Strip and head elsewhere.
Peeperkorn's reaction: We see this as a growing humanitarian disaster
Peeperkorn emphasized in his speech that this is a disaster. He doesn't understand how things like this are possible. "We see this as a growing humanitarian disaster," Peeperkorn said.
Regarding Israel's order to remove medical supplies from the warehouse in Khan Younis, Peeperkorn clarified that the WHO complied. However, he expressed concerns that the area might soon become an active combat zone. Medical supplies are essential at this time.
"We're striving to ensure the delivery of crucial medical supplies," he continued. Previously, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had appealed to Israel to withdraw the order, although Israel denied issuing such an evacuation request.
Currently, dangerous policies are being pursued on all sides. There is a fear that the situation will become alarming and even worse in the future.