Following more than 30 days of non-stop attacks, resources have been exhausted. Generators can no longer function due to lack of fuel and even emergency food supplies are no longer available. Thousands of Palestinian civilians have been trapped in the enclave since then and are facing starvation – which has particularly impacted the elderly, sick and young children. People are becoming frustrated by the lack of food and unsanitary conditions.
"Yes, I can have a small amount of food to keep me going today, but there's the constant worry of whether I will have food tomorrow," one resident of the Jabalia refugee camp told the news outlet Middle East Eye (MEE). "I went to get dates so I could eat one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening."
Another Jabalia resident said that mosques, which had water, had been bombed as well as water points and solar panels. "If we are not bombed to death, we are going to die of starvation. This is a huge fear; I don't need to explain how painful that would be" he said. "During these times of crisis we are being forced to drink any water we can find, even if it's not clean."
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said that as days pass by, "hunger and despair are turning into anger." Worse, rights group Euro-Med Monitor confirmed that Israel is indeed waging an "extensive war of starvation" against Gaza's civilian population. "Israel has deliberately focused its attacks over the past few hours on targeting electrical generators and solar energy units, on which commercial facilities and restaurants depend to maintain the minimum possible level of their work," the group said in a statement published on Nov. 5.
The Geneva-based independent organization added that Israeli attacks have also targeted agricultural areas east of Gaza, flour stores and fishermen's boats, leaving no sources of food. "It's been five days since we last found and ate bread. It's getting harder to find food in markets. Items that completely ran out include cheese, yogurt and mortadella," Maha Hussaini, MEE's correspondent in Gaza, posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. "A real starvation catastrophe has already started in Gaza while Israel persists on cutting off food and fuel supplies."
It’s been 5 days since we last found & ate bread
It’s getting harder to find food in the markets
Items that completely ran out include cheese, yogurt & mortadella
A real starvation catastrophe has already started in #Gaza while Israel persists on cutting food and fuel supplies
— Maha Hussaini (@MahaGaza) November 8, 2023
The food shortage in Gaza has also caused various health problems. People have reported feeling kidney pain due to the intense dehydration. Others have said they are mixing salt water with other things to drink.
Showering has also become a luxury, with families heading to the sea to bathe and wash their clothes. In schools-turned-shelters, there have been reports of widespread skin diseases and conditions due to the lack of clean water and overcrowding, In one site around 600 people are using one toilet, UNRWA reported. (Related: Globalists weaponize food and energy supply to pave the way for global "Holodomor.")
After more than 10,000 deaths due to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, governments have been calling for a ceasefire. U.S. President Joe Biden, Israel's biggest backer, has not joined the many countries and organizations making that demand, however, calling instead for a "humanitarian pause" in the fighting. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's administration has rejected both ideas, saying any let-up in its military operation would only give Hamas time to regroup and make good on its threat to repeat the bloody attack it launched on southern Israel earlier in October.
In a recent interview with ABC News's "World News Tonight," Netanyahu told anchor David Muir: "Well, there'll be no ceasefire, general ceasefire, in Gaza without the release of our hostages. As far as tactical little pauses, an hour here, an hour there. We've had them before, I suppose, will check the circumstances to enable goods, humanitarian goods to come in, or our hostages, individual hostages to leave. But I don’t think there’s going to be a general ceasefire."
Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken touched on this during a gathering of the Group of Seven wealthy industrialized nations in Japan. He said that those calling for an immediate ceasefire must explain how to address the unacceptable result that this would likely bring about: Hamas left in place with more than 200 hostages, with the capacity and stated intent to repeat October 7.
"We had in-depth discussions about the steps that we are taking to address urgent needs on the ground. We all agreed that humanitarian pauses would advance key objectives to protect Palestinian civilians, to increase the sustained flow of humanitarian assistance, to allow our citizens and foreign nationals to exit, and to facilitate the release of hostages," Blinken told reporters.
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