Gaza Strip —
Disease could pose a greater threat to human life than the bombing of Gaza, says the World Health Organization (WHO).
Overcrowding and lack of access to clean drinking water or sanitation systems have led to the development of infectious diseases, especially diarrhea in children, which WHO says has reached almost 100 times normal levels.
“We will ultimately see more people die from disease than we saw from bombing if we are unable to restore these health systems,” WHO spokesperson Margaret Harris said in a report to the UN in Geneva on Tuesday.
WHO says food shortages have increased the risk of disease, while people are weakened by hunger, making them more vulnerable to disease.
People in Gaza also face difficulties in obtaining treatment, due to limited medical staff and lack of access to medicines and vaccinations.
Disruptions in waste collection from crowded landfills have added to concerns about the risk of disease.
In response to conditions in Gaza, the World Health Organization has called for a ceasefire, “maintaining aid access to Gaza,” “protection of civilians and health services,” and “respect for international humanitarian law,” on its social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.
Israel declared war on Hamas (which the US declared a terror group) after their shocking attack on October 7 in southern Israel that killed around 1,200 people. During the attack, Hamas took around 240 people hostage. Israel’s campaign against Hamas militants has killed more than 14,000 people, according to Gaza health officials. (lt/hour)