- Israel has stated that it will allow aid to be delivered to Gaza through Egypt.
- Efforts inadequate, says Human Rights Watch.
According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), without essential utilities like electricity or fuel and no confirmed plans to ensure the aid’s distribution in northern Gaza, the efforts are inadequate for the needs of Gaza’s residents.
With the absence of clean water, contamination of sewage, and challenges in safe body storage, officials from the UN and public health sectors have raised concerns about potential infectious disease outbreaks in the Palestinian region.
Bill Van Esveld, HRW’s associate director for children’s rights, remarked, “Due to Israel’s airstrikes and its ongoing strict blockade of Gaza, numerous injured and ill children, among many civilians, are at risk of dying due to inadequate medical attention.” He urged the US to persuade Israel to fully lift the blockade and guarantee timely access to essential supplies such as water, food, fuel, and electricity for all civilians.
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The Israeli government should immediately end its total blockade of the Gaza Strip that is putting Palestinian children and other civilians at grave risk.
— Human Rights Watch (@hrw) October 18, 2023