“The risk of hunger is high and increasing every day,” said Tedros Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO. “We call for a ceasefire,” he appealed.
Richard Peeperkorn, WHO representative in the region, denounces Israel’s veto of the agency’s missions to northern Gaza. Of the 15 initiatives requested by the agency, eight of them were denied and four were unable to be carried out due to the destruction of roads.
The agency also estimates that 8,000 Palestinians need to be taken to hospitals outside the country for urgent care. Of these, less than 300 were rescued.
The Israeli government has been carrying out an intense operation against international agencies, including accusing the WHO of “collusion with Hamas”, a complaint rejected by Tedros.
Children without parents and without names
According to Unicef, 17,000 children are currently unaccompanied in Gaza. According to the agency, the shock experienced by some of these children is so profound that it takes them days to be able to say their own names. “I have never seen so many people amputees, including among children,” said Peeperkorn, from the WHO.