Gaza’s ‘Critical Emergency’
Posted on Jan 2, 2009
The United Nations marked Israel’s seventh day of aerial attacks by warning of a “critical emergency” in the Gaza Strip, as Palestinians endure food and medical supply shortages and distribution problems even as estimates of dead and wounded Palestinians continue to rise.
The UN has warned that Palestinians in Gaza are facing a serious health and food crisis, as Israeli air strikes continued for a seventh day.
The “critical emergency” comes despite an increase in humanitarian shipments, said Maxwell Gaylard, the UN’s chief aid co-ordinator for the territory.
The UN believes that at least 100 of some 400 Palestinians killed by Israeli action so far were civilians.
Israel said Gazans were continuing to receive sufficient food and medicines.
The UN’s Maxwell Gaylard said: “It is true supplies have been going into the Strip, in fact possibly more than in previous weeks, but at the same time there are critical gaps.”
Palestinians in the West Bank town of Tulkarem protest Israel’s bombing of the Gaza Strip with a candlelight vigil.