UN warns of rising tensions along Lebanon-Israel ‘Blue Line’ border — Global Issues

The secretary-general’s spokesman’s office said the latest escalation in tensions on Thursday “increases the risk of all-out war.” Memo for correspondents.

“Escalation can and must be avoided. We reiterate the real risk that miscalculation could lead to a sudden and massive catastrophe,” he added, stressing that a political and diplomatic solution was the only viable path forward.

It also noted that on Thursday, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL), Janine Hennis-Plusschaert, met with Lebanese officials, including Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and interim Prime Minister Najib Mikati, and stressed the need to de-escalate tensions across the Blue Line.

“We support the call for UNSCOL and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) calls upon the parties to immediately return to the cessation of hostilities, Security CouncilResolution 1701“,” the memo adds.

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Gazans are living in increasingly unsanitary conditions.

9 out of 10 people displaced in Gaza

Meanwhile, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, nine out of ten people in the Gaza Strip are reported to be internally displaced (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) occurred in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).

in Friday’s Humanitarian BulletinOCHA cited estimates that the number of internally displaced people in the Gaza Strip has increased from 1.7 million to 1.9 million.

“The large-scale displacement is primarily driven by Israeli military evacuation orders, large-scale destruction of civilian and public infrastructure, restrictions on access to essential services, and persistent fears of continuing hostilities,” OCHA noted.

It added that Israeli air, land and sea bombardment is reportedly continuing across much of the Gaza Strip, causing further civilian casualties, displacement and the destruction of homes and other civilian infrastructure.

Major hospitals ’empty’

OCHA also reported that the Israeli army issued its second largest evacuation order since October 2023 on July 1, calling for the immediate evacuation of residents of 71 settlements in Khan Yunis and Rafah in the east to al-Mawasi to the west, which the army defined as a “humanitarian area.”

Although authorities clarified the following day that the order did not apply to the European Gaza Hospital (EGH), most of the hospital’s medical staff and patients, including some who were lying in bed receiving intravenous drips, were hastily evacuated, fearing that the hospital would be rendered unable to function given past experiences at hospitals in the areas to be evacuated.

By that evening, EGH had been completely emptied, with all 320 medical workers and patients having left, OCHA said.

Most of the patients were referred to Nasser Medical Centre, which was at capacity with more than 350 admitted patients and suffering from severe shortages of medicines and surgical supplies.

Serious fuel shortage

Additionally, fuel shortages are making it even more difficult to provide medical care.

“Severe fuel shortages in Gaza are imminent, leading to further disruptions to health services,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the UN World Health Organization, warned in a Twitter post.

“Only 90,000 litres of fuel entered Gaza yesterday. The health sector alone needs 80,000 litres a day, and the UN Who And partners are faced with an impossible choice,” he added.

Fuel shortages are also affecting water and sanitation infrastructure, worsening living conditions across war-torn regions and complicating aid efforts.

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