NGOs: The situation in Gaza is apocalyptic

Rescue of civilians in Gaza / Photo EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED SABER

Save the Children and other international NGOs today warned of an "apocalyptic" situation in the Gaza Strip following the 60-day Israeli siege.

Non-governmental organizations say that now those who survived the bombing are in imminent danger of dying of starvation or disease.

- Children and families wander the streets of what is not leveled, without food, they have nowhere to go and nothing to survive, Alexandra Saie from the "Save the Children" organization said at a press briefing.

Shayna Low of the Norwegian Refugee Council said there is no safe place in Gaza, that more than half of the housing has been damaged or destroyed, and 1,9 million of the 2,4 million residents have been displaced by the war.

Hundreds of thousands of civilians fled the devastated north of the small enclave to take refuge in the south. However, Israeli military operations are also intensifying there.

Oxfam's Bashra Khalidi described the situation in Gaza as apocalyptic and condemned Israel's restrictions on humanitarian convoys arriving via the Rafah border crossing from Egypt.

The World Food Program warned in late November that the risk of starvation for Gazans, especially children and women, is very high.

At the same time, the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, mentioned on the platform "X" the diseases affecting the territory, due to "overpopulation, lack of water, sanitation and basic hygiene".

More than 100 thousand inhabitants suffer from acute respiratory problems, 75 thousand from diarrhea, others from scabies...

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