OCHA warns growing disease, aid shortage in Gaza

Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau
UN humanitarians warned on Thursday that the living conditions in Gaza continue to deteriorate, with reports of an increase in diarrhoea and suspected cases of Hepatitis A.

UNRWA provide healthcare as best it can but overcrowded shelters and limited sanitation services, coupled with forced displacement, are posing severe health risks, the agency said in a post on X.

UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that safe water is unaffordable for many, and people are resorting to burning trash to cook with.

The agency said that there are serious concerns that humanitarian operations in the enclave “are near collapse”.

(WFP warned in a bulletin that if food and humanitarian supplies do not begin to enter Gaza in “massive quantities”, desperation and hunger will spread.

“The limited functionality of the southern border crossings, key arteries for getting aid in, means that barely any fuel or aid is getting into any part of Gaza. There are currently no food distributions taking place in the south of Gaza except for some limited stocks that are given to community kitchens for hot meals,” it noted.

All bakeries in Rafah have shut down as of Wednesday the agency was still able to support 6 bakeries in central Gaza, 4 in Gaza City and 1 in Jabalia, UNRWA stated.

UN independent human rights expert urged the Government of Israel to investigate multiple allegations of torture and other degrading treatment against detained Palestinians since 7 October last year.

Alice Jill Edwards, Special Rapporteur on torture emphasized that anyone deprived of their liberty must always be treated humanely.

“They must be provided with all protections required under international human rights and humanitarian law, whatever the circumstances of their detention,” she said in a news release.

She has received allegations of individuals being beaten, kept in cells blindfolded and handcuffed for excessive periods, deprived of sleep, and threatened with physical and sexual violence.

OHCHR suggested that prisoners have been insulted and exposed to acts of humiliation, such as being photographed and filmed in degrading poses, while prolonged use of zip-tie handcuffs has reportedly caused friction injuries and wounds.

“I am particularly concerned that this emerging pattern of violations, coupled with an absence of accountability and transparency, is creating a permissive environment for further abusive and humiliating treatment of Palestinians,” Ms. Edwards said.

UN human Rights Council estimated that thousands of Palestinians from Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem have been detained including some children since the war began between Hamas and Israel on Octor 7 last year.

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