As the Israel-Hamas War continues to blaze in Gaza, hundreds of thousands of civilians are lacking access to food and clean water. Experts say they expect the life threatening conditions for so many of Gaza’s civilian population to get worse as the war continues.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated in recent days that Israel wants a different future for Gaza. But that will only be possible after the Israeli Defense Forces rid the Palestinian city of Hamas terrorists and secure peace for the Israeli and Palestinian people.
Multiple humanitarian organizations report that shelters are full with hundreds of thousands of displaced Gazans. Many of them are women and children as well as men. They are at high risk for diseases of the lungs and lower digestive tract.
Gaza faces the threat of starvation and disease after aid deliveries were halted by a lack of fuel and a communications blackout, warn humanitarian agencies. https://t.co/ehFCfasAQa
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) November 17, 2023
Richard Peeperkorn is the World Health Organization representative in the West Bank and Gaza. He says rapidly spreading respiratory and diarrheal disease are life-threatening for the displaced Gazans.
Dr. Darien Sutton is an emergency medical physician and medical correspondent for ABC News. He recently told ABC News: “The people within Gaza, they not only have to protect themselves and their families from the constant violence that surrounds them and that is above them but also the disease that’s on the ground.”
The World Health Organization has collected 33,551 reported cases of diarrhea in Gaza since mid-October. More than half of these are in children under the age of 5-years-old.
Doctors have also reported 55,000 cases of respiratory infections as stressed and displaced refugees hide away in shelters from the ongoing war between the IDF and Hamas.
As Team Europe, we are the largest aid donor to the Palestinian people.
I thank Egypt for working to get this humanitarian aid to Gaza via Rafah.
It’s a much needed lifeline to civilians in Gaza. pic.twitter.com/RIGKcWBi1K
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) November 18, 2023
The Biden Administration and Netanyahu government are drifting apart in their aims to resolve the conflict. White House officials are increasingly at odds with the Israeli government over the IDF occupation of Gaza.
In a recent interview, the prime minister likened it to the de-Nazification of Germany after World War II, saying, “You say, how will this generation have a different future? Just the way the German people had a different future, the Japanese people had a different future – because you eliminated these toxic regimes.”