The World Health Organization warns of the worsening situation in Gaza and stresses the need for safe and sustainable passage of aid

The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, warned of the worsening situation in the West Bank, reiterating the need for safe, sustainable and smooth passage of aid and humanitarian missions through the Gaza Strip to serve people in dire need of life-saving care.


According to the United Nations Information Center, Dr. Tedros said: On April 20, the World Health Organization and its partners in the field of humanitarian work were unable to complete their mission to the Kamal Adwan and Al-Awda Hospitals in Gaza “except partially.” Due to the severe delay at checkpoints and the continuation of hostilities. 


Tedros added: As a result, fuel and medical supplies did not arrive at Kamal Adwan Hospital for the second time over the past seven days, and partners were also unable to assess needs in Al Awda to support the restoration of services, and this increases the health risks for critically ill patients being treated there.< /p>

He called, once again, for compliance with international humanitarian law, including the provision of health care and humanitarian aid to civilians who are in dire need of assistance, adding, “Once again, we demand a ceasefire.” In turn, the representative of the United Nations Population Fund in Palestine, Dominique Allan, said: A newborn was rescued through an emergency caesarean section, after her mother was seriously injured in an air strike, and later died, in Rafah, in the far south of the Gaza Strip.


For her part, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Tlaleng Mofokeng, highlighted the huge mental health toll caused by recent months and decades of violence to besieged populations and medical workers. She said: “Imagine living in constant anticipation of a bomb or gun, or being shot while trying to get food, water, or toys. This in itself is a form of violence.” 


The Palestine Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) had said – last weekend – that a child dies every 10 minutes In Gaza, so far, health authorities in the Strip report that more than 34,000 Palestinians have been killed and about 77,000 others injured in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7.


For his part, The Deputy Director of UNRWA Affairs in Gaza, Scott Anderson, warned that substandard water and sanitation are far below what residents need to stay healthy.


The commissioner said General of UNRWA “Philippe Lazzarini” The situation in the West Bank is getting worse day by day, including in Palestinian refugee camps, and the recent operation carried out by Israeli security forces in the Nour Shams camp in the city of Tulkarm in the West Bank caused loss of life in addition to severe damage to residents’ homes and services. Public.

Lazzarini added: Hundreds of people, including at least 112 Palestinian children, have been killed in the West Bank since October 7, stressing that movement restrictions and Israeli settler violence impede people’s access to jobs and livelihoods and impose a state of constant fear.

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In turn, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wensland, expressed grave concern about the escalation of violence throughout the West Bank. He said, “We must avoid further escalation and stop attacks on civilians, including settler violence.” 


Wensland stated: As the war in Gaza continues and regional instability escalates, the stability of the West Bank is necessary to keep the horizon of peace alive.


It is noteworthy that in terms of delivering humanitarian aid, 16 UN partners were able to Last week, the United Nations began providing food aid throughout Gaza, including hot meals, bread and flour, with the World Food Program reporting that four bakeries in northern Gaza had resumed operations, while throughout the Gaza Strip the WFP continues to provide fuel, wheat flour and other essential resources. For about 16 bakeries.

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