UN Resumes Emergency Session on Gaza Amidst Escalating Crisis


UN Resumes Emergency Session on Gaza Amidst Escalating Crisis
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The United Nations General Assembly is set to resume its emergency session on Tuesday to address the ongoing situation in Gaza, following the United States' veto of a UN Security Council resolution that called for a humanitarian ceasefire.

Rising Casualties and Humanitarian Concerns

The conflict in Gaza has seen a significant escalation since October 7, with the Hamas-controlled health ministry reporting a death toll of 18,205. This figure marks a stark increase in the conflict's severity, highlighting the urgent need for international intervention.

Philippe Lazzarini, chief of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), expressed deep concern in his conversation with CNN. UN staff on the ground feel abandoned in the wake of the US veto, unable to comprehend why a ceasefire has not been established despite the high number of casualties and displaced individuals.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant reported on Monday that Israeli troops are closing in on Hamas' final strongholds in northern Gaza, particularly in the Jabalya and Shejaiya areas. According to Gallant, Hamas battalions in these regions are nearing collapse, with militants allegedly short on weapons and food.

In contrast, the head of the Hamas-run Ministry of Health in Gaza painted a picture of heavy fighting and significant Israeli military presence, particularly around the Jabalya refugee camp. Reports from a doctor at the Kamal Adwan hospital in Gaza City also indicated that the hospital was encircled by Israeli forces.

Medical Crisis: Surgeon Shot in Hospital

The situation in Gaza's hospitals is also dire. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reported that one of its surgeons was injured in a shooting at the Al Awda hospital in northern Gaza.

MSF, also known as Doctors Without Borders, highlighted the extreme conditions, claiming that snipers were targeting the hospital. This incident adds to the reported deaths of five health workers at the hospital since October 7.

The Israeli military has yet to respond to these allegations. Amidst these developments, US President Joe Biden reaffirmed his support for Israel, emphasizing the safety of the Jewish people and Israel's right to exist. However, he cautioned about the potential shift in global public opinion and the necessity of addressing it.

Additionally, recent images depicting the detention and treatment of individuals in Gaza have raised concerns, with US State Department spokesperson Matt Miller describing them as "deeply disturbing."

Qatari Aid to Gaza

Qatar has faced criticism for its financial aid to Gaza, governed by Hamas, since the October 7 attacks.

Despite concerns raised within his government, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has continued to allow this flow of funds, according to interviews conducted by CNN in collaboration with the Israeli investigative journalism organization Shomrim.