UN Warns Continued Hazard To Support Staff In Gaza Is Changing into ‘Increasingly Intolerable’

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The United Nations has warned that the continued hazard to help employees in Gaza is changing into “increasingly intolerable” as Israel’s ongoing army offensive within the enclave continues to dam most humanitarian help and worsen an already devastating hunger disaster for Palestinians.

On Tuesday, U.N. spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric instructed reporters that Muhannad Hadi, the physique’s humanitarian coordinator, wrote on June 17 to the Israeli army concerning the dire assist state of affairs. Gilles Michaud, the U.N.’s undersecretary for safety, spoke with the army on Monday, Dujarric added.

“Humanitarian operations have repeatedly been in the crosshairs in Gaza, and I think you know the number of humanitarian workers that have been killed,” Dujarric stated. “We’ve repeatedly talked about humanitarian convoys shot at, and notably last Friday. We’ve talked about areas that were deconflicted that were hit — hospitals, shelters and so on. And the risks, frankly, are becoming increasingly intolerable.”

Eight months after Israel launched its army marketing campaign in response to Hamas’ assault on Oct. 7, Israeli troopers have killed greater than 37,000 Palestinians in Gaza — along with just about flattening many of the enclave — and greater than 500 within the occupied West Financial institution, the latter of which isn’t ruled by Hamas. As of Could, greater than 250 assist employees have been killed within the battle, in response to the U.N.

The U.N. has already suspended cooperation with the U.S.-built pier in southern Gaza since June 9, after the Israeli army used the world to kill greater than 270 Palestinians with a view to rescue 4 hostages.

Senior U.N. officers have warned Israel that they may droop assist operations in Gaza completely except there may be improved safety for the world physique’s humanitarian employees, The Related Press reported on Tuesday.

A letter U.N. officers despatched earlier this month reportedly demanded that the Israeli authorities present assist employees with a strategy to straight talk with Israeli forces on the bottom in Gaza, in addition to protecting tools for the humanitarian workers.

Dujarric instructed reporters that the U.N. “will not turn its back on the people of Gaza,” and is “just trying to find the space in which we operate within conditions that meet” its necessities.

“I think you know the number of humanitarian workers that have been killed,” said Stephane Dujarric, a spokesperson for the United Nations.

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“We’re going to continue to work with the U.N. We’ve been talking to the U.N. about seeing if we can’t help get them personal protective gear and equipment, communications, radio communication, so that their truck drivers can feel a little bit more safe,” U.S. national security spokesperson John Kirby told reporters on Tuesday.

“You can’t very well blame these guys for being a little bit nervous about driving a truck into Gaza when their convoys and their trucks could be attacked by these criminal gangs and thugs,” Kirby added. “So we’re going to obviously work with them and the IDF to see what can be done about that. … But you know, it is a combat zone.”

Whereas U.S. and Israeli officers have blamed safety considerations in Gaza on “criminals” and “thugs,” reduction teams and their workers have repeatedly stated that the hazard can be coming from being shot at by the Israeli army — and from Palestinians overwhelming the vans out of desperation, along with the overall lawlessness ensuing from mass dying and displacement.

Aid workers also say the conditions have worsened since Israel invaded Rafah last month, preventing aid workers from accessing their bases in the southern Gaza city and blocking their ability to use one of the largest aid routes into the enclave. The main remaining crossing is Kerem Shalom, where aid convoys face violence and long delays at checkpoints.

In response to the newest evaluation that discovered 96% of Gaza’s inhabitants dealing with acute meals insecurity at disaster stage or larger, the U.N.’s World Meals Programme stated this week it’s “deeply concerned that the much reduced ability of humanitarian organizations to deliver critical assistance in the south is jeopardizing the progress made.”

“Hostilities in Rafah in May displaced more than a million people and severely limited humanitarian access. Meanwhile, the security vacuum has fostered lawlessness and disorder which severely hamper humanitarian operations,” the group stated. “WFP now fears that southern Gaza could soon see the same catastrophic levels of hunger previously recorded in the northern areas.”

Trucks carrying medicine and medical supplies delivered by the World Health Organization arrive at the al-Ahli Baptist Hospital with guidance from a United Nations official in Gaza City, Gaza, on June 23, 2024.
Trucks carrying medicine and medical supplies delivered by the World Health Organization arrive at the al-Ahli Baptist Hospital with guidance from a United Nations official in Gaza City, Gaza, on June 23, 2024.

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Philippe Lazzarini, who heads the U.N. company liable for serving to Palestinian refugees, acknowledged on Tuesday at a press convention in Geneva that there’s “very little positive news” on the help entrance — even after Israel introduced this month that it could start a tactical pause throughout daytime hours alongside a significant avenue in southern Gaza to facilitate the arrival of extra assist.

“Now, when it comes to the aid delivery, I have to say it is becoming more and more complicated,” Lazzarini said. “It has been extraordinar[ily] excruciating over the last few weeks to bring aid. Far too many trucks have been looted” and have not reached their intended destination.

“The number of crossings remains far too limited,” Lazzarini added. “And basically, we are confronted nowadays to a near total breakdown of law and order, with truck drivers being regularly threatened or assaulted, and less and less willing to move assistance from the border to our warehouses, and from the warehouses to the people.”

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