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UN: Gaza Strip will face humanitarian catastrophe if aid not allowed, 8 journalist killed and media outlets targeted

Christian Fernsby |
The Gaza Strip will face a humanitarian catastrophe if safe corridors are not opened up for aid, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) warned on Wednesday.

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"The Gaza Strip will witness an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe if safe corridors are not opened for the arrival of humanitarian aid, including medical supplies, food, and water," Adnan Abu Hasna, spokesman for the UNRWA, told Anadolu.

Israel is continuing to close all border crossings with the Gaza Strip, making it impossible for any humanitarian aid to enter.

"The coming hours will see Gaza run out of fuel and hospitals out of service," Abu Hasna said. "Continuation of the situation means that the Gaza Strip will be without food within two weeks."

The UNRWA said late Tuesday that more than 175,000 people in Gaza have taken refuge in 88 of its schools.

The agency said that the numbers are rising due to the continued Israeli airstrikes.

Israel’s step of cutting off water and electricity supplies to the already-blockaded Gaza Strip, while blocking the entry of badly needed humanitarian supplies and preventing residents who want to exit the strip for their safety, has drawn worldwide condemnation and even accusations of war crimes.

At least eight journalists were killed and two others went missing in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, which started after Hamas's surprise offensive in Israel on Saturday, the Palestinian enclave's press office said on Wednesday.

The office in a statement said the slain journalists were Said al-Tavil, Muhammed Subh, Hisham en-Nawacihe, Ibrahim Lafi, Muhammed Cergun, Muhammed es-Salihi, Esad Shemlah and Selame Mime, and two other journalists, Nidal al-Vahidi and Heysem Abdulvahid, were unaccounted for.

Meanwhile, the houses of three journalists were completely destroyed and at least 40 media outlets were said to be the target of airstrikes.


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