Death and Misery in Gaza

 People search for survivors after airstrikes in Gaza City's al-Rimal neighborhood, May 16, 2021 Image: Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency via Getty
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People search for survivors after airstrikes in Gaza City's al-Rimal neighborhood, May 16, 2021 Image: Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency via Getty

The bombs keep falling on the Gaza Strip, 9 days into an eruption of violence between Hamas militants and the Israeli army—deepening a humanitarian disaster leaving few civilians in Gaza untouched, The New York Times reports

  • Hundreds of thousands face shortages of clean water and medicine.

  • Wastewater is spilling into streets after sewage systems were destroyed.

  • Dozens of schools have been either damaged or shut down, affecting ~600,000 students.


The airstrikes have killed more than 200 have died in Gaza, while at least 10 people in Israel have been killed by rocket attacks.

Additionally, more than 52,000 Palestinians have been displaced, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Reuters reports

  • Many of the displaced are taking shelter in schools—spurring concerns that overcrowding could help spread COVID-19.
  • 6 hospitals, 9 primary health care centers, and a desalination plant have been damaged.

 
OCHA welcomed Israel’s opening of a border crossing for humanitarian supplies, but said another is needed.

Amnesty International, after urging both sides to uphold humanitarian law last week, called for an investigation into Israeli air strikes on residential buildings, which it says might amount to war crimes.

Israel maintains that it only hits legitimate military targets and takes steps to avoid civilian casualties.

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