Aid workers from the humanitarian aid agency CARE are warning of the colossal strain on medical services and hospitals as the continuing violence in Gaza prevents the delivery of urgent medical supplies.
Medics in Gaza have reported more than 1,000 deaths and 6,200 injuries, the vast majority of whom are civilians. Some 1.2 million people have little or no access to water and 215,000 have been displaced with no safe place to seek refuge.
Overnight, Gaza’s only power plant was destroyed, cutting electricity to hospitals and homes and severely affecting Gaza’s water supplies and sewage treatment facilities.
Rene Celaya, Country Director for CARE West Bank and Gaza, said his colleagues on the ground were reporting massive destruction and death.
‘They tell of their hour-by-hour struggle to find a relatively safe space for their families. Those who go out to search for food or water could be targeted and shot. CARE is calling for an immediate ceasefire to allow urgent medical care to reach the thousands of innocent civilians caught up in the crisis. We call on the international community to work with all parties to agree to durable solutions to the conflict,’ he said.