For this special edition of our Lid Is On podcast, the head of our UN News Arabic unit, Reem Abaza, reports from the Al-Shifa Hospital, where dozens of victims of violence are undergoing often years of treatment, in the face of cutbacks and funding crises.
Economic sanctions must not be allowed to degenerate into blockades which “expose people to the ravages of economic war in peacetime” said the UN independent expert on the effects of sanctions on human rights.
Hundreds of trucks of goods are expected to enter Gaza now that Israel has reopened the only functioning commercial crossing into the enclave, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Hamada Al-Bayari with the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, in the occupied Palestinian territory, told Abelmonem Makki his agency welcomed the decision.
If emergency fuel is not immediately allowed into the Gaza Strip, five key hospitals could be forced to close and other vital facilities could grind to a halt, according to David Carden, head of the UN humanitarian office (OCHA) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. UN News’s Mustafa Al Gamal spoke with Mr. Carden.
The people of Gaza “can’t understand the silence of the international community” over the “suffering” they are enduring; that’s according to Jamie McGoldrick, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Mr. McGoldrick, who visited the Gaza Strip last week, spoke with UN News.
The ongoing Israeli restrictions on the flow of goods in and out of Gaza is hampering reconstruction and recovery efforts after the recent conflict in the Strip, the United Nations humanitarian arm said today.