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Gaza faces severe shortages of fuel, humanitarian aid

The Israeli army ordered residents of several neighbourhoods in Gaza City to leave on Monday, as it raided several areas in the east and south of Gaza.

A local medical source told the media that seven people were killed in an Israeli shelling on their home in Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

At least 16 Palestinians were killed and dozens injured in a series of Israeli overnight strikes and shelling across the Gaza Strip.

Six people from the Mhanna family were killed in an Israeli army airstrike on their home on al-Jalaa Street, while three others were killed in another airstrike on the Lababidi neighbourhood in Gaza City, Palestinian official news agency Wafa reported.

Meanwhile, medical teams extracted a child and several wounded from under the rubble of a destroyed house in eastern Gaza City, Wafa also reported.

In violation of a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire, Israel has come under international condemnation for its ongoing brutal offensive on Gaza since the Palestinian group Hamas attacked on October 7, 2023.

Since then, nearly 38,200 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have been killed and nearly 88,000 others have been injured, according to local health authorities.

Israel has been accused of genocide by the UN International Court of Justice, whose latest ruling orders it to immediately halt its military operation in the southern city of Rafah, where more than a million Palestinians were sheltering from the war before it was captured on May 6.

Consequences of the siege of Gaza

Active fighting and access restrictions are causing severe shortages of fuel and humanitarian aid in the Gaza Strip, the UN said on Monday, warning that supplies, especially food, risked spoiling in the summer heat.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at a press briefing:

Active fighting has damaged roads, restricted access and lack of public order and security continue to impede movement along the main humanitarian delivery routes, through Kerem Shalom to Khan Younis and Deir al-Balah. This has led to critical shortages of fuel and aid to sustain humanitarian operations. It also increases the risk that stranded supplies, especially food, will spoil in the very hot summer weather.

He also added:

It also increases the risk that stranded cargo – especially food – will spoil in the heat of the summer.

Dujarric also said that the UN special coordinator for Lebanon, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, arrived in Israel on Sunday for a three-day visit amid ongoing tensions. He said:

Talks with Israeli officials are expected to focus on the need to restore calm and create conditions for a diplomatic settlement that will allow displaced civilians on both sides to return home.

Meanwhile, at least three UN schools that house displaced people have been directly hit by Israeli airstrikes in less than a week. A fourth school was damaged after an airstrike hit a neighbouring building.

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