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Wed 21 Feb 2024 7:02 pm - Jerusalem Time

Director-General of the World Health Organization: The situation in Gaza is “inhumane”

The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, confirmed today, Wednesday, that the situation in the Gaza Strip is “inhumane,” more than four months after the start of the Israeli aggression.


“In what world do we live when people cannot get food and water or when people who cannot even walk cannot get care?” Ghebreyesus said at a press conference in Geneva.


He added: "In what world do we live when medical teams are exposed to the danger of (Israeli) bombing while doing their work? In what world do we live when hospitals are forced to close their doors because there is no longer electricity or medicine to save patients, and because they are targets of the Israeli army?"


He considered that "the health and humanitarian situation in Gaza is inhumane and continues to deteriorate."


He stressed that "the Gaza Strip has become a death zone," adding, "A large portion of the territory was destroyed, more than 29,000 people were killed, many others were missing, presumed dead, and a very large number were injured."


He pointed out that the levels of acute malnutrition in the Gaza Strip have risen significantly since the beginning of the aggression, from less than 1% to more than 15% in some areas.


He said: "We need a ceasefire now!... The bombs must stop falling, and access to humanitarian aid must be possible. Humanity must prevail."


The ongoing Israeli aggression since October 7 has pushed 2.2 million people to the brink of famine, and three-quarters of the population in the devastated Strip have been displaced, according to United Nations estimates.

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Director-General of the World Health Organization: The situation in Gaza is “inhumane”