The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported Friday that the first post-ceasefire humanitarian aid had been delivered to the Gaza Strip after 11 days of clashes between Hamas and Israel.
According to UNICEF, in a statement, 18 aid containers with humanitarian supplies with first aid kits, medicines and 10,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the Sinopharm laboratory reached the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom Pass.
The agency also recalled that since the ceasefire came into force, water and fuel supplies had been distributed with other organizations and allies to meet the needs of 72,000 people.
UNICEF Special Envoy Lucia Elmi thanked the end of the confrontation for the large number of victims in the Gaza Strip, including 50,000 children who had to flee their homes due to violence.
“The ceasefire will give families much-needed rest and access to much-needed personnel and humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip,” he added.
A group of United Nations human rights experts asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday to investigate the attacks on civilians and other serious human rights violations in the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis.
For these experts, the “evictions” of Palestinian families living in Sheikh Jarrá and Silwan were the catalyst for the bombings exchanges between Hamas and Israel, which resulted in at least 222 deaths, including 63 children, in Gaza Israel.
According to the United Nations, there will be more than 450 completely destroyed or damaged buildings in the Gaza Strip, including six hospitals, nine health centers and a water desalination plant.
“The indiscriminate or deliberate bombing of civilians and buildings housing civilians, media organizations and refugee camps in Gaza and Israel are war crimes which, at first glance, are not justified by the requirements of proportionality and necessity of the law. International”, have they explained to these experts, adding that “all parties involved in these attacks must assume appropriate individual and state responsibility”.
They have also urged the parties to “commit to a credible negotiating process aimed at lasting peace” and guarantee immediate humanitarian aid.
On the other hand, the director of the United Nations Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Middle East (UNRWA), Matthias Schmale, warned this Friday that if not resolved, there will be “the underlying causes” of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians a war.
“After two and a half years here, I am convinced that if the underlying causes are not addressed, we will wage war again. From the perspective of the Gaza Strip, this means giving people, especially young people, a decent life expectancy.” has said.
In this context, he stated that, despite the ceasefire, a normal situation had not returned to the Gaza Strip. “Returning to normal means that we have to watch very closely where we are going,” he said, as there are “completely buried and unexploded bombs”.
After all, for Schmale the violence experienced in recent days was “more intense” than that which this area had already experienced in 2014.