Israel's military is intensifying its operations in Gaza, specifically targeting Hamas infrastructure. According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), recent efforts have focused on dismantling Hamas installations in the Khan Younis area of southern Gaza.
Additionally, IDF claims to have destroyed a network of tunnels near Gaza City, including an apartment believed to be a hideout of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar.
Dire Consequences for Civilians
Amidst the military action, the United Nations is sounding the alarm on the devastating impact on Gaza's civilian population.
The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) stated that over 150,000 people have been left with nowhere to go following the IDF's latest evacuation warnings in central Gaza. This situation is exacerbated by reports that even those who have reached shelters are not safe from harm.
Since the latest round of fighting began on October 7, at least 308 people taking refuge in UNRWA shelters have been killed, with at least 1,095 others wounded.
Challenges in Aid Delivery
The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, described the severe difficulties in delivering aid to Gaza.
He highlighted constant bombardments, poor communications, damaged roads, attacks on convoys, and delays at checkpoints. This has created an almost impossible situation for the people of Gaza and those trying to assist them.
Despite these challenges, aid dispatch into Gaza has resumed through the Kerem Shalom crossing, following a temporary suspension due to security incidents. On Friday, 81 trucks carrying food and medicine entered Gaza through both the Kerem Shalom crossing from Israel and the Rafah crossing from Egypt, as reported by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
However, OCHA warns that the amount of aid reaching Gaza remains insufficient. Before October 7, an average of 455 trucks carrying commercial goods entered Gaza daily, a stark contrast to the current situation. The ongoing military operations by Israel and the resulting humanitarian crisis in Gaza highlight the complex and multi-faceted nature of the conflict.