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Gaza Doctors ‘Terrified’ of Deadly Disease Outbreak as Aid Teams Race to Deliver

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(UN News)* — As the pause in fighting in Gaza appeared to enter a fifth day on Tuesday [], UN humanitarians warned that aid deliveries needed to multiply immediately to save the lives of the injured and stem the risk of a deadly disease outbreak that has left doctors “terrified”.

A child cries over the loss of a family member at Nasser Medical Hospital in Khan Younis.

© UNICEF/Abed Zaqout | A child cries over the loss of a family member at Nasser Medical Hospital in Khan Younis.

Priorities include transporting fuel to the north of the war-torn enclave, so that it can be used to power hospitals, provide clean water and maintain other vital civilian infrastructure.

Such services have been massively impacted by weeks of Israeli bombardment in response to Hamas’s 7 October massacres in southern Israel that left some 1,200 dead and around 240 taken hostage.

Gazan health authorities have reported that more than 15,000 people, mostly women and children, have been killed in attacks to date.

Threats from the air and ground

In an update from southern Gaza, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) spokesperson James Elder said that a doctor from Al-Shifa hospital in the north had told him that the threats to children were “very much from the air and now very much on the ground”, in the form of diarrhoea and respiratory infections.

“He was terrified as a medical professional in terms of the disease outbreak that is that is lurking here and how that will devastate children whose immune systems and lack of food…is making them perilously weak,” Mr. Elder added.

As negotiations continue for the release of more hostages in return for a prolongation of the pause in fighting, the UNICEF spoke of his dismay at seeing so many youngsters fighting for their lives, “with horrendous wounds of war, (lying) in carparks on makeshift mattresses, in gardens everywhere, doctors having to make horrendous decisions on who they prioritize”.

Deadly delays

Another boy whose leg had been blown off in the violence had spent “three or four days” trying to reach the south, delayed by checkpoints, Mr. Elder continued. “The smell (of decomposition) was clear…and that boy had shrapnel all over. Potentially, he was blind and had burns to 50 per cent of his body.”

Echoing deep concerns over the scale of needs in Gaza, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) noted that an assessment carried out in the north at the start of the pause in fighting on 24 November had shown that “everybody everywhere has dire health needs”.

Surgeons operate on a patient at Al-Quds hospital in Gaza. (file)
WHO | Surgeons operate on a patient at Al-Quds hospital in Gaza. (file)

Starvation risk

Speaking in Geneva, WHO spokesperson Dr. Margaret Harris said that this was “because they are starving, because they lack clean water and they’re crowded together…. basically, if you’re sick, if your child has diarrhoea, if you’ve got a respiratory infection, you’re not going to get any (help).”

In its latest update, UN aid coordination office OCHA said that deliveries of relief supplies have been speeded up south of Wadi Gaza, where the bulk of some estimated 1.7 million internally displaced persons have sought shelter. “Key service providers, including hospitals, water and sanitation facilities and shelters, have continued receiving fuel on a daily basis to operate generators, OCHA reported.

‘What we see is catastrophic’: WFP

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered desperately needed food to more than 120,000 people in Gaza during the initial pause in fighting but says supplies are “woefully inadequate to address the level of hunger seen by staff in the UN shelters and communities.” 

WFP’s Director for the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe Region, Corinne Fleischer, said that “what we see is catastrophic.

“There’s a risk of famine and starvation on our watch and to prevent it, we need to be able to bring in food at scale and distribute it safely,” said  “Six days is simply not enough to provide all the assistance needed. The people of Gaza have to eat every day, not just for six days.”

“Our team recounted what they saw: hunger, desperation, and destruction. People who have not received any relief in weeks. The team could see the suffering in their eyes,” said Samer Abdeljaber, WFP Palestine Representative and Country Director. “This pause offered a window of relief that we hope paves the way for longer-term calm. Safe and unimpeded humanitarian access cannot stop now.”


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    • Fake News = The False Prophet

      The Israeli officials stated that if a list(of the detainees) that meets the Israeli requirements is not forwarded by seven o’clock in the morning, the fighting will resume.

      The al-Qassam Brigades released a video documenting the handover of the sixth batch of Israeli prisoners in the #Gaza Strip, carried out in coordination with the Al-Quds Brigades.

      The IOF assaulted the family of soon-to-be-released prisoners Nohad and Mohammad Jadallah after forcibly entering their home in Sur Baher in occupied east al-Quds. #WestBank

      Palestinian websites: Occupation forces storm the town of #Beitunia, west of #Ramallah, before liberating Palestinian prisoners as part of the exchange deal.

    • Fake News = The False Prophet

      Journalist and writer Lama Khater, who has been released from an Israeli jail today testified that:

      ⭕️ Israeli jailers threatened her with rape and of locking her children and burning them alive.
      ⭕️ An Israeli Shin Bet officer told her that nothing would make him feel better until they kill 50,000 children in Gaza.
      ⭕️ Israeli forces kidnapped at least 10 mothers from northern Gaza while they were evacuating to the south. They were tortured and isolated from other female detainees.

      The Israeli occupation forces barbarically attacked the family of the child Muhammad Jadallah before his release as part of the exchange deal.

      An IDF officer claimed to have witnessed a ‘row of murdered “Israeli” babies hung on a laundry line’ on Oct 7.
      The interviewer, Yishai Cohen, has now admitted the story is FAKE in a post and deleted it.
      And he said, “It was the IDF Spokesperson who tricked me into doing it!”

      Ahed Tamimi as soon as she was released within the sixth batch of the prisoner swap deal.
      Ahed was kidnapped last month within a massive Israeli arrest campaign across the West Bank.

      Al Jazeera correspondent in #Jerusalem reports that Israeli authorities forced released Palestinian detainees to sign a pledge not to film videos of their reunion with their families or accept media interviews.

      Beating, rape, sexual harassment, and even murder…
      A testimony by a detainee, who was released from an Israeli jail within the 5th batch Tuesday.

    • Josey Wales

      Wait until the war comes home to America, you haven’t even seen disease yet… Americans are going to be wiped off the face of the earth.

      White people used to have intelligence, but now you all have been programmed, dumbed down beyond hope, you can’t even help yourself any more. You fall for every thing they sell you. You’re weak, you no long have self preservation skills…

      This Puppet Show Stays on because of YOU Fools… One day you’ll have to fight… or die.. Most of you will die because you were not taught to stand up for yourselves, you all have been taught to go along to get along… Now they are training you to die to save this plant and you all suck it right up..

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