The United Nations Security Council's recent resolution aimed at increasing aid to Gaza and establishing humanitarian pauses between Israel and Hamas has, so far, failed to make a significant impact on the ground. This concerning observation was made by World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday.
The resolution, which concluded days of intense, behind-the-scenes negotiations, was designed to facilitate increased aid to Gaza and create conditions for a sustainable cessation of hostilities. Despite these intentions, the reality in the war-afflicted region remains grim.
"UN Security Council members must urgently turn their recent resolution — to create pauses in hostilities and humanitarian corridors — into reality in Gaza. Actions, not words, are what Gaza's people need today," Tedros emphasized in a post on X, a platform formerly known as Twitter.
Dire Humanitarian Conditions
Tedros' remarks underscored the growing needs of the war-ravaged population in Gaza. He highlighted the desperate circumstances faced by millions, including peril, ill-health, hunger, thirst, and lack of shelter, painting a bleak picture of the current situation.
These comments follow WHO's high-risk missions to deliver supplies to hospitals in the region. In the north, UN teams provided essential medical items and fuel to Al-Shifa Hospital, currently sheltering an estimated 50,000 people, to keep vital health services operational.
In the south, the situation at Al-Amal hospital was described as dire, with WHO staff reporting extreme overcrowding. The teams also observed the displacement of tens of thousands of people, fleeing heavy strikes in the Khan Younis and Middle Area.
This mass movement is expected to further strain medical facilities, particularly in the south.
Increased Risk of Disease and Overcrowding
WHO representative Rik Peeperkorn expressed concern about the new wave of displacement exacerbating the risk of infectious diseases and complicating the delivery of humanitarian aid.
"This forced mass movement of people will also lead to more overcrowding, increased risk of infectious diseases and make it even harder to deliver humanitarian aid," Peeperkorn said.Echoing these concerns, Tedros reiterated his call to the international community to take urgent steps to mitigate the severe risks facing the population of Gaza.
He stressed the importance of facilitating humanitarian efforts to aid those with injuries, acute hunger, and at high risk of disease.