16 Oct 2023

Israel-Palestine War: Gaza Running Out Of Water: UN; Patients Will Die Once Generators Run Out Of Fuel, Say Docs

The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees in the Near East has said Gaza is running out of water. 

Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner-General of UNRWA, said soon there will be no food or medicine either. he said the siege in Gaza is nothing except collective punishment.

The Gaza-based staff of the UNRWA have relocated to Rafah near the border with Egypt, and are working out of the same building as thousands of desperate displaced people, said Lazzarinl.

"Gaza is being strangled and it seems that the world right now has lost its humanity," he said in a stark speech from the agency's headquarters in East Jerusalem on Sunday.

Water has run out at UN shelters across Gaza

Water has run out at UN shelters across Gaza and overwhelmed doctors at the territory's largest hospital struggled to care for patients they fear will die once generators run out of fuel. 

Israel's military said it would not target a specific route south for several hours, again urging Palestinians to leave the north en masse. The military offered two corridors and a longer window the day before. It says hundreds of thousands have already fled south. 

Israel to evacuate its people near Lebanon border

Israel on Monday announced it will evacuate people living in the north of the country in the area up to two kilometres from the border from Lebonon and to relocate them to state-funded guest houses. 

The National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) of Israel's Ministry of Defence and the Israeli Defence Forces announced the implementation of a plan 

 The IDF in a statement posted on X stated that 28 communities have been included in the plan that has been approved by Israel's Defence Minister Yoav Gallant, according to the statement posted by Israeli Defence Forces. The IDF noted that the Northern Command updated the heads of the local authorities regarding the decision. 

Earlier, the Israeli Air Force took to X to state that it had attacked the military infrastructure of Hezbollah in Lebanon in response to the shooting that was carried out in Israeli territory on Sunday morning. At least one civilian was killed yesterday after six anti-tank guided missiles were fired towards an Israeli town and military outposts near the Lebanon border. 

Nine rockets were further also fired at Nahariya, a city in the north, and adjacent towns. However, there were no reports of any casualties. IDF called Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar a "direct enemy" of Israel and a threat to the entire world. 

The war that began on October 7 has become the deadliest of five Gaza wars for both sides, with more than 4,000 dead. The Gaza Health Ministry said 2,670 Palestinians have been killed and 9,600 wounded. More than 1,400 Israelis have been killed, and at least 155 others, including children, were captured by Hamas and taken into Gaza, according to Israel.

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