Top UN officers echoed that decision to enhance situations for Gaza’s 2.3 million individuals, 1.7 million of which have been displaced because the 7 October Hamas assault in Israel resulted within the killing of 1,200 Israelis and seize of 240 hostages. Since then, greater than 11,000 individuals have been killed in besieged Gaza.
“This war is having a staggering and unacceptable number of civilian casualties, including women and children, every day,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated in a press release on Sunday. “This must stop. I reiterate my call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.”
Volker Türk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), stated in a press release on Sunday that: “The horrendous events of the past 48 hours in Gaza beggar belief.”
“The killing of so many people at schools turned shelters, hundreds fleeing for their lives from Al-Shifa Hospital amid continuing displacement of hundreds of thousands in southern Gaza are actions which fly in the face of the basic protections civilians must be afforded under international law,” Mr. Türk stated, stressing that failing to stick to those guidelines might represent struggle crimes.
According to the UN company for Palestine refugees (UNRWA), which issued its newest state of affairs report on Sunday, practically 884,000 internally displaced individuals are sheltering in 154 UNRWA installations across all 5 governorates of the Gaza Strip.
“Just getting into one of the shelters makes you burst into tears,” an UNRWA worker stated. “Children looking for food and water and standing in queues for over six hours just to get a piece of bread or a bottle of water. People are literally sleeping on streets here in Khan Younis as thousands keep escaping from the north.”
Attacks on colleges, shelters
In lower than 24 hours, two UNRWA colleges sheltering displaced households have been hit, inflicting “many deaths” and accidents, principally of ladies and youngsters, along with different lethal incidents across Gaza and the West Bank towards the backdrop of hovering humanitarian wants, UNRWA stated.
Mr. Türk stated not less than three different colleges internet hosting displaced Palestinians have additionally been attacked.
“This must stop,” he stated. “Humanity must come first. A ceasefire – on humanitarian and human rights grounds – is desperately needed. Now.”
Philippe Lazzarini, who heads UNRWA, stated in a press release on Sunday that the assaults are “just cruel”.
“I watched with sheer horror reports from an attack on the Al-Fakhoura UNRWA school-turned-shelter in northern Gaza,” he stated.
Classrooms sheltering displaced households have been hit and not less than 24 individuals have been reported killed within the strike. Up to 7,000 individuals have been within the college on the time, the UNRWA chief stated. On Friday, following strikes on the UNRWA Al-Falah/Zeitoun college in Gaza City, ambulances couldn’t attain the varsity, the place 4,000 individuals have been sheltering.
Beyond ‘collateral damage’
Since 7 October, not less than 176 individuals sheltering within the company’s colleges have been reported killed and 800 wounded throughout Israeli bombardments, Mr. Lazzarini stated.
“The large number of UNRWA facilities hit and the number of civilians killed cannot just be ‘collateral damage’,” he stated, including that the UN company routinely shares the buildings’ coordinates with events to the battle.
“This vicious war is reaching a point of no return when all rules are disrespected, in overt disregard for civilian lives,” he stated, calling and interesting “as soon as once more for humanity to prevail and for a humanitarian ceasefire proper now.”
Israeli military operations have been continuing inside and around Al-Shifa Hospital, with UN colleagues that visited the site on Saturday describing it as a “death zone”.
On Sunday, WHO and humanitarian partners helped to evacuate infants in critical condition.
Medical personnel, patients and civilians had fled the hospital over the weekend, ordered to do so by the Israeli military, UNRWA’s chief said, adding that hundreds were seen making their way south on foot, at great risk to their lives, health and safety.
WHO reported on Sunday that six Palestine Red Crescent ambulances transported the babies to Al-Helal Al-Emirati Maternity Hospital, where there are receiving urgent care.
“Further missions are being planned to urgently transport remaining patients and health staff out of Al-Shifa Hospital,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a social media post on Sunday.
In the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, the Israeli Defense Forces are dropping leaflets demanding residents go to unspecified “recognized shelters”, even as strikes take place across Gaza, according to OHCHR.
“Already displaced Palestinians, deprived by extreme restrictions on lifesaving assistance, are struggling to meet their basic needs, forced into ever-diminishing, overcrowded, unsanitary unsafe spaces,” Mr. Türk said.
“Irrespective of warnings, Israel is obliged to protect civilians wherever they are,” the UN human rights chief said. “The pain, dread and fear etched on the faces of children, women and men is too much to bear. How much more violence, bloodshed and misery will it take before people come to their senses? How many more civilians will be killed?”
Meanwhile, needs are rising, UN agencies said.
The entry of fuel critical for the overall humanitarian operations across the enclave has been largely banned since 7 October when the war began. Limited fuel deliveries began on Wednesday, and UNRWA has been informed that, as of Saturday, 120,000 litres of fuel will be delivered every two days going forward.
UN agencies have said this is not enough for all humanitarian activities, and that at least 200,000 litres per day are required to, among other things, power generators to provide electricity to hospitals and to operate water facilities. Both services have been cut since the start of the conflict.
Fuel is also critical for telecommunications networks, UNRWA said, noting that Gaza’s fourth communications blackout on Friday meant the agency was unable to transport trucks of humanitarian assistance arriving via Egypt.
Rising death toll
As of 10 November, over 11,078 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip since 7 October; two thirds of them are reportedly children and women, the UNRWA report said. Due to the collapse in the Gaza’s Ministry of Health services and communications in the north, casualty data has not been updated for the last five days.
Media reports indicate the number of Palestinian deaths is nearly 12,000.
Israel reported that around 1,200 Israelis and foreign nationals have been killed in Israel, the vast majority on 7 October, according to the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA).
On Saturday, one UNRWA colleague was killed in the northern area due to strikes. In total, 104 colleagues have been killed since the beginning of the war, the highest number of UN aid workers killed in a conflict in the Organization’s history, according to UN Palestine refugee agency.
Violent incidents, deaths and injuries struck several areas of the West Bank, including the Fara’a and Jenin refugee camps, according to UNRWA’s situation report.
OCHA reported that since 7 October, 198 Palestinians, including 52 children, have been killed by Israeli security forces and eight, including one child, by Israeli settlers.
In the Balata refugee camp in Nablus on Saturday, Israeli security forces launched an operation, entering with an armoured bulldozer and mobilizing a drone that fired missiles towards the Fatah office, killing five, injuring two others and damaging homes and shops, according to UNRWA.