Fuel restrictions curtail Gaza aid efforts amid attacks on UN schools and evacuation plans for Al-Shifa Hospital — Global Issues

Fuel restrictions curtail Gaza aid efforts amid attacks on UN schools and evacuation plans for Al-Shifa Hospital — Global Issues

Fuel deliveries for aid operations in the enclave, home to 2.3 million Palestinians, have been largely prohibited since Hamas’ attack on Israel on 7 October left at least 1,200 dead and 240 taken hostage. This has severely hampered aid efforts and services to provide water and electricity, UN agencies said….

Humanitarian crisis in Gaza could get far worse, warns UN relief chief — Global Issues

Humanitarian crisis in Gaza could get far worse, warns UN relief chief — Global Issues

More than 1.5 million Gazans are displaced, 18 hospitals have shut down, and hundreds of thousands are living in fear and under continuing Israeli bombardment. “Casualties continue to mount, with the dead reportedly exceeding 11,000 people – the majority of them children and women,” said Emergency Relief Coordinator and Humanitarian…

‘Endless needs’ reflect spiralling situation as hospitals shut down, WHO warns — Global Issues

‘Endless needs’ reflect spiralling situation as hospitals shut down, WHO warns — Global Issues

“What we do know is that the health system is on its knees,” said Dr. Richard Peeperkorn, World Health Organization Representative in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, in the wake of Hamas militants’ terror attack on Israel on 7 October that left 1,200 dead and the heavy bombardment of the enclave…

Intense fighting spreads to cities, as civilians seek shelter — Global Issues

Intense fighting spreads to cities, as civilians seek shelter — Global Issues

In the fighting so far, about 70 civilians – and combatants who are out of action – have reportedly been killed and over 90 wounded, according to the UN human rights office (OHCHR). The fighting has also fuelled a fresh wave of displacement, driving over 200,000 people from their homes…

UN’s Türk calls for political path out of ‘horror’ — Global Issues

UN’s Türk calls for political path out of ‘horror’ — Global Issues

Speaking in Geneva, the High Commissioner for Human Rights urged the parties to the conflict to “create the political space for a path out of this horror”. Mr. Türk condemned the widespread targeting of civilians in the past five weeks of hostilities and urged accountability for gross rights violations. He…

Lack of fuel threatening to shut down entire humanitarian operation — Global Issues

Lack of fuel threatening to shut down entire humanitarian operation — Global Issues

In a wide-ranging briefing to journalists in Geneva, UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini reiterated calls for a ceasefire and addressed misinformation targeting the agency, including claims that aid is being diverted. He said he has also received reports of UN schools being used “for military purposes”. Commitment in crisis During the…

‘Hospitals are not battlegrounds’, children’s suffering must stop, UN humanitarians say — Global Issues

‘Hospitals are not battlegrounds’, children’s suffering must stop, UN humanitarians say — Global Issues

Her comments came amid reports on Wednesday morning of an ongoing Israeli Defense Forces raid inside Gaza City’s Al-Shifa hospital, where patients including premature babies have died over the course of the past days after incubators and other life-saving equipment lost power. “Hospitals are not battlegrounds,” UN relief chief Martin…

UN emergency relief chief unveils 10-point plan ‘to rein in the carnage’ — Global Issues

UN emergency relief chief unveils 10-point plan ‘to rein in the carnage’ — Global Issues

The initiative from veteran aid chief Martin Griffiths, head of the UN aid coordination office OCHA, comes more than five weeks since Hamas militants killed 1,200 people in Israel and took around 240 hostages. The full-scale Israeli siege and assault that followed has levelled thousands of buildings in Gaza and…

Humanitarians step up response to deadly cholera outbreak in Sudan — Global Issues

Humanitarians step up response to deadly cholera outbreak in Sudan — Global Issues

UN agencies and partners are scaling up response to the outbreak, which was first declared in Gedaref state, located in the east, on 26 September. At least 2,525 suspected cases of acute watery diarrhoea/cholera have been reported, including 78 associated deaths, in 27 localities across seven states. Millions at risk…