United Nations and international aid agencies decry shocking toll six months into Israel’s genocidal war on Gaza

The United Nations and other international aid organizations on Sunday decried the devastating toll of six months of war in Gaza, warning that the Palestinian territory had become “beyond catastrophic.”

United Nations warns about possible war crimes in Gaza
United Nations warns about possible war crimes in Gaza

“Six months is an awful milestone,” the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said, warning that “humanity has been all but abandoned” in the severity of the conflict.

The Gaza war broke out on October 7 with an unprecedented attack by Hamas militants that resulted in the deaths of 1,170 people, mostly civilians, Israeli figures show.

The militants also took more than 250 hostages — 129 of whom remain in Gaza, including 34 who the army says are dead.

Israel’s retaliatory offensive has killed at least 33,175 people in Gaza, mostly women and children, according to the health ministry in the Hamas-run territory.

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made a new condemnation of the “barbaric act of violence” that unleashed the war, and demanded “the release of remaining hostages.”

But, he stressed that “this atrocity does not justify the horrific ongoing bombardment, siege and health system demolition by Israel in Gaza, killing, injuring and starving hundreds of thousands of civilians, including aid workers.  “The denial of basic needs — food, fuel, sanitation, shelter, security and health care — is inhumane and intolerable,” he wrote on X.

Of Gaza’s 36 main hospitals, only 10 remain even partially functional, according to the WHO.

Tedros voiced particular outrage at “the deaths and grievous injuries of thousands of children in Gaza,” which he said would “remain a stain on all of humanity.”  “This assault on present and future generations must end.”

Philippe Lazzarini, head of the UN agency supporting Palestinian refugees known as UNRWA, said the “hellhole in Gaza is deepening by the day.”  “All lines — including the red lines — were crossed. This war is made far worse through technologies mis-used by humans to harm other humans; en-masse,” he said on X.

“It is made worse by the famine born from an Israeli-imposed siege, one would think it’s from a different era. As a result, a man-made famine is eating up bodies of babies and young children,” Lazzarini added.

UNICEF chief Catherine Russell said more than 13,000 children have reportedly died.  “Homes, schools and hospitals in ruin. Teachers, doctors and humanitarians killed. Famine is imminent,” she said on X on Saturday.

The UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths insisted Saturday that there needed to be “a reckoning for this betrayal of humanity.”  IFRC Secretary-General Jagan Chapagain described the situation as “beyond catastrophic” and warned “millions of lives are at risk of hunger.”

The organization announced Sunday that another Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) employee had been killed in Gaza.  The body of Mohammad Maher Khalil Abed was found on Sunday, but he was killed during the evacuation of the Al-Amal hospital in the southern city of Khan Yunis on March 24, it said.

Sixteen PRCS staff and volunteers have now been killed since October 7.

Three staff and volunteers from Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA) have also been killed.

For the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the caretaker of the Geneva Conventions, “a steady flow of humanitarian aid” into Gaza was vital, but it was “only part of the solution.”

“Both sides must conduct their military operations in a way that spares civilians caught in the middle,” it said on X.  Tedros pointed out that over 70 percent of those who have died in Gaza have been women and children. “We urge all parties to silence their guns.  We appeal for peace.  Now.”

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  1. No one is born hating another person, because of the colour of their skin or their background or their religion. Children are born to be happy regardless of where they come from and despite the policies by their leaders. There will be new Hitlers, new Mussolins and the Leaders like we have today in the West. That is inevitable. What is not inevitable is that they will triumph. People will organise to fight back against the devastating toll. Only after this event in years to come, the rest of the world realise that what’s really happening today is the liquidation of Gaza. As today Israeli confirmed the plan to about invade Gaza.

    I will not stand by and do nothing…….In a thousand in a million we are all Palestinians. I feel that September will be too late and there been nothing left to rebuild as this is a extermination.

    The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but those who watch them without doing anything.

    1897 A European Jewish political movement, the Zionist movement, has for some years been seeking to secure a national home for the Jewish people. The Zionist conference of 1897 settles on Palestine, then part of the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire.

    Around 1917 The Balfour Declaration: the British Government promises Lord Rothschild a ‘national home’ for Jews in Palestine, while upholding ‘the civil and religious rights of the existing non-Jewish communities’. (At this time only 5% of the population is Jewish — 95% are Palestinian Arabs.)

    The following year 1918 After the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, Britain occupies Palestine and from 1918 to 1948 sponsors Jewish colonial immigration from Europe and the US.Britain crushes all Palestinian revolts.

    In 1948 After numerous terrorist attacks by Zionist militias, such as the bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, Britain leaves, after handing the matter over to the UN, which assigns 55% of Palestine to the proposed state of Israel. At this time Jews constitute only 1/3 of the population and own only 6% of the land.

    1948–49 Israel kills 13,000 Palestinians and drives 750,000 from their towns and villages in the Nakba (‘Catastrophe’), ending up with 78% of historic Palestine. Descendents of these refugees live today in some 100 refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza. UN resolution 194 calls on Israel to allow the return of the refugees; the resolution is ignored. Over 400 Palestinian villages are subsequently razed to the ground. Then in 1967 Israel occupies the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip (the ‘Occupied Territories’) during the 6-day war with Egypt, bringing all of historical Palestine under Israeli rule. UN resolution 242 calls on Israel to withdraw from the territories. It fails to do so, and initiates a system of increasingly brutal military control over the territories.

    A lot happen before 1949 and after……………….

    “They bomb school. hospital, refugee camps, orphanages, UN Feeding stations, UN Schools, waters works, power plants, ambulances, children playing on a beach. They put millions of people in a siege. They shoot children going to school, They kidnap kids and harvest their organs. They inject prisoners with disease pathogens before releasing them. They murder by land sea and air. And worst of all, they slander their defenceless victims as “terrorists” ” these are not my words, but of David Attenborough when talking about Israelis.

    Gaza don’t you cry we will not let you die.

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