WHO Warns of ‘Worrying Trends’ in Disease Spread in War-Torn Gaza

WHO warned of 'worrying trends' in disease spread in Gaza. (Photo: via Social media)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

The World Health Organization warned on Wednesday of the high risk of disease spreading in Gaza, due to Israeli airstrikes.

The World Health Organization warned on Wednesday of the high risk of disease spreading in Gaza, due to Israeli bombardments that have disrupted the health system, access to clean water and caused people to crowd in shelters.

In a statement published on its website, the organization said “As deaths and injuries in Gaza continue to rise due to intensified hostilities, intense overcrowding and disrupted health, water, and sanitation systems pose an added danger: the rapid spread of infectious diseases.”

“Some worrying trends are already emerging,” the statement added.

The WHO also noted that “lack of fuel has led to the shutting down of desalination plants, significantly increasing the risk of bacterial infections like diarrhea spreading as people consume contaminated water.”

The organization stressed the need for “urgent, accelerated access for humanitarian aid – including fuel, water, food, and medical supplies – into and throughout the Gaza Strip.”

Israel has, thus far, killed over 10,569, including 4,324 children and 2,823 women, and wounded 26,475 wounded. Palestinian Ministry of Health reports and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

On October 9, Israel imposed a “complete siege” over Gaza, preventing the entry of food, water, medicine, fuel and electricity into the Strip. 

Despite a massive Israeli military buildup around the Gaza borders and sporadic infiltrations on the outskirts of the besieged Strip, Palestinian Resistance continues to repel Israeli attacks.

To justify its military failure, the Israeli army continues to pound civilian homes throughout the Gaza Strip with new massacres reported everywhere in the besieged enclave.

Gaza has been under a tight Israeli military siege since 2007, following a democratic election in occupied Palestine, the results of which were rejected by Tel Aviv and Washington.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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