UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory Lynn Hastings has called for the unconditional and immediate access into Gaza for the delivery of lifesaving aid.
“It’s unprecedented. Anyone who’s been following this occupation and conflict for so many decades will see this as an unprecedented scale of humanitarian catastrophe.”
She warned: “We are anticipating that there won’t be any more water left, if not tomorrow, at the very latest by Tuesday,” according to the website of the UN News centre on Monday.
“It’s really about the loss of our humanity if the international community allows this to continue. What we are seeing now is simply inhumane … the world needs to demand that we are able to deliver the assistance that is at the doorstep of Gaza.”
The Resident Coordinator’s plea comes as the latest Israel-Hamas conflict entered its eighth day and an Israeli-imposed deadline for some 1.1 million civilians to leave the northern part of the enclave, ahead of what was expected to be a major advance into Gaza by Israeli ground forces, expired late Saturday.
“They have said they want to destroy Hamas, but their current trajectory is going to destroy Gaza,” Hastings added.