The ongoing conflict in the Middle East has taken a grave turn, with the Gaza Health Ministry reporting a significant rise in casualties due to Israeli strikes. Amidst this escalating crisis, key international health agencies have ceased operations in the region, compounding the humanitarian challenges.
Rising Death Toll and Wounded
The Gaza Health Ministry Director General, Munir al-Boursh, announced on Al Arabiya TV that the death toll from Israeli strikes has now reached approximately 12,000, with around 30,000 people suffering injuries.
These figures mark a severe escalation in the conflict, highlighting the devastating impact on the civilian population in Gaza.
UNRWA and WHO Withdrawal
In a concerning development, both the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have reportedly withdrawn their services from the Gaza Strip.
According to al-Boursh, these UN agencies have ceased their operations, allegedly succumbing to pressure from Israel. This withdrawal raises serious concerns about the welfare and medical treatment of the injured and displaced populations in Gaza, who are now left without the support of these crucial international organizations.
The Context of the Conflict
The current tensions in the Middle East reignited after Hamas militants infiltrated Israel from the Gaza Strip on October 7. Hamas described its actions as a response to Israeli authorities' treatment of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
In response, Israel imposed a total blockade of Gaza and initiated strikes not only in the Palestinian enclave but also in select areas of Lebanon and Syria. The West Bank has also witnessed clashes. Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant recently stated that the Hamas movement had lost control over Gaza, indicating a significant shift in the power dynamics within the region.
Correction Notice It is important to note a correction in the reporting: The abbreviation for the World Health Organization is WHO, not UNRWA. This correction was made to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information provided.
The situation in Gaza remains volatile, with the departure of UNRWA and WHO further complicating the humanitarian crisis. The international community continues to monitor the developments closely, as the conflict shows no signs of abating.