The severe weather taking over Gaza has deteriorated the path for Gazans returning to their homes amid the ongoing truce.
The health situation in Gaza continues to be affected and is categorized as catastrophic as well with hospitals in dire need of more aid.
There are demands to reopen the “Karam Abu Salem” crossing to ensure full access to aid, as the capacity of the Rafah crossing only allows the entry of 130 aid trucks of aid but the truce agreement stipulates the entry of 200.
In addition, efforts to extend the truce remain in progress to give the residents of Gaza time to arrange amid the difficult situation inflicted upon them.
So far, the Rafah crossing has not received large numbers of wounded individuals as expected and has only witnessed the crossing of 20 patients yesterday, our correspondent reported.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Monday, “Over 1.7 million people in Gaza, or nearly 80 percent of the population, are estimated to be internally displaced. Of them, nearly 896,000 IDPs are sheltering in 99 facilities in the south.”
Earlier on Sunday, UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini considered that the current aid being delivered to Gaza is insufficient to make up for the deep deprivation caused by the Israeli blockade on the Strip.
The report pointed out that “due to the overcrowding and poor sanitary conditions at UNRWA shelters, there have been significant increases in some communicable diseases and conditions such as diarrhea, acute respiratory infections, skin infections and hygiene-related conditions like lice.”
“Since … the beginning of the truce, we have seen a significant increase of trucks entering into Gaza. I would say on the first day we had an average of 40 trucks, which was far, far, far too little compared to the immense need in the Gaza Strip,” Lazzarini said in an interview for CBS’ “Face the Nation.”