Targeting Rafah could lead to genocide, UN aid agency warns — Global Issues

“Any ground operation More suffering and death.” For the 1.2 million Palestinians displaced in and around the southernmost city on the Strip, tea Spokesman Jens Raake told reporters in Geneva.

Echoing these concerns, the United Nations World Health Organization (who) said “stop-gap” emergency plans were in place in case a full-scale military invasion actually occurred, but they were not enough to prevent Gaza’s humanitarian disaster from worsening.

band aid plan

“This contingency plan is a Band-Aid. It will absolutely not prevent the significant additional mortality and morbidity that is expected to be caused by military operations,” said Rick, WHO Representative for the Occupied Palestinian Territories.・Dr. Pieperkorn said.

Speaking by video link from Jerusalem, the WHO medic said the military operation would cause a new wave of displacement, further increase overcrowding and reduce access to essential food, water and sanitation, adding: “There is no doubt that There will be an increase in the number of (disease) outbreaks,” he warned.

“Ailing health systems will not be able to withstand the potential scale of disruption that an invasion would cause,” Dr. Pieperkorn argued.

WHO officials said the deteriorating security situation could significantly impede the movement of food, water and medical supplies to Gaza via the border.

Twelve of the Gaza Strip’s 36 hospitals and 88 primary hospitals in the enclave have been destroyed after nearly seven months of heavy shelling by Israel, sparked by an Oct. 7 Hamas-led terrorist attack in southern Israel. Only 22 of the medical facilities are currently “partially functional”. United Nations Health Agency.

Dialysis under threat

These include Najjar Hospital in Rafah, which is providing dialysis treatment to hundreds of people, explained Dr. Ahmed Dahir, WHO team leader in the Gaza Strip.

“The health care system is barely surviving… If the surgeries are done[in Israel]and the population and patients no longer have access to these hospitals, what will happen to these patients? It will ultimately be a disaster. .”

Despite food availability and diversity in Gaza having “slightly improved” in recent weeks, Dr Pieperkorn said the immediate threat of acute malnutrition for the enclave’s most vulnerable people has receded. He denied any suggestion that he had done so.

“The effects will be felt for years to come,” the WHO official continued, noting that 30 children are now reportedly dying from diseases related to malnutrition.

Dr. Pieperkorn argues that the food insecurity-related deaths that Gazans have endured could have been completely prevented, pointing out that poultry and fishing production, as well as “no longer exists…for us.” He pointed out the widespread destruction of vegetable and fruit cultivation. There should not be any level of malnutrition at this location. ”

As part of the United Nations emergency response, WHO and partners are establishing a new field hospital in Al Mawashi, Rafah.

supply line

A large warehouse has also been built in the central city of Deir al-Balah, from which WHO is moving supplies to Khan Yunis, the central region, and northern Gaza.

Further supplies have also been pre-positioned at Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir Al-Balah and the European Gaza Hospital near Khan Yunis in the south.

Also in Khan Younis, the Nasser Medical Complex has been renovated to provide a “basic package of medical services” and has now completed essential equipment cleaning and inspection.

Nine out of 10 operating theaters are operational and emergency medical teams are preparing to work there with national staff, the WHO said.

pre-positioning key

WHO and partners are also establishing additional primary health centers and health hubs in the country. Khan Yunis and central areaIt also pre-positions medical supplies to enable these facilities to detect and treat communicable and non-communicable diseases and manage wounds.

in the norththe United Nations health agency is helping improve services at Al Ahly, Kamal Adwan and Al Awda hospitals by deploying emergency medical teams and pre-positioning supplies.

“Plans are also being developed to support the rebuilding of patient-friendly hospitals with a focus on pediatric services and the expansion of primary health care centers and medical hubs,” the WHO reported.

 

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