The World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson reported that Gaza conditions remain dire despite a positive development, and the much-needed supplies fall short of addressing the escalating humanitarian crisis.
Alia Zaki, a spokesperson for the Rome-based UN agency, highlighted the critical fuel shortages during an interview with UN News. The absence of fuel threatens essential services, potentially shutting down hospitals and bakeries. The intensifying Israeli airstrikes contribute to the chaos, with the death toll in Gaza surging to 5,087, including a substantial percentage of women and children.
The UN’s call for a humanitarian ceasefire underscores the urgent need for safe aid delivery. Amidst the turmoil, the health system teeters on the brink, prompting WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’s appeal for sustained access to essential medical supplies and fuel.
Humanitarian Efforts Amidst Escalating Tensions
As the conflict rages on, the entry of new aid convoys from Egypt marks a glimmer of hope. The recent opening of the Rafah border crossing allowed the arrival of 34 trucks filled with aid. However, the UN emphasizes the necessity for a much larger scale of assistance, citing the need for at least 100 aid trucks daily to meet the soaring humanitarian demands.
The situation threatens to deteriorate further, as indicated by UNRWA’s warning of impending fuel shortages, which would severely cripple the already strained humanitarian response in Gaza.
The conflict’s repercussions extend beyond immediate physical dangers. Over 625,000 children in Gaza face disruption in their education, with numerous schools damaged or destroyed. The impact on educational facilities has been devastating, with 29 UNRWA staff members, including several teachers, confirmed dead.
The crisis in education extends to the occupied West Bank, where the conflict has led to widespread school closures, affecting hundreds of thousands of students and signalling a deepening humanitarian crisis beyond the immediate threat to life and safety.