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.
To avert hospital closures and raw sewage overflowing onto the streets of Gaza, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator on Wednesday called on Israeli authorities to allow UN-purchased emergency fuel back across the border of the Palestinian enclave.
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.
Intense diplomatic efforts by the United Nations and Egypt have helped avoid another Israeli-Palestinian war in Gaza that appeared just “minutes away” over the past weekend, a senior UN official said on Tuesday.