An Urgent Call for Peace
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a resounding call for an end to the devastating hostilities that continue to wreak havoc in both Israel and the beleaguered Gaza Strip. Tragically, Hamas in Israel has unleashed horrific acts of violence that have claimed the lives of over 1,000 people and left countless others injured.
Meanwhile, in Gaza, nearly 900 people have perished, and many more are wounded due to Israel’s days of relentless bombing. The anguish experienced by numerous families is, without a doubt, immeasurable.
WHO Extends a Helping Hand
In the midst of this crisis, the WHO has extended its hand, offering vital assistance to health officials in both Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. The dire situation prompted WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to hold discussions with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on October 9.
During this meeting, President El-Sisi consented to a WHO request to facilitate the delivery of crucial health and humanitarian supplies from WHO to Gaza through the Rafah crossing. It is imperative that these humanitarian corridors are protected to ensure the safe passage of aid.
Healthcare in Peril
In the Gaza Strip, hospitals are teetering on the brink, relying on backup generators with the grim prospect of running out of fuel in the coming days. The supplies that WHO had pre-positioned before the escalation have run out. The capacity to provide life-saving healthcare now hinges on the rapid delivery of new supplies and fuel to healthcare facilities.
WHO’s Swift Response
The WHO is working urgently to procure medical supplies locally to meet the overwhelming demand. Simultaneously, they are making preparations to source supplies from their Global Medical Logistics Hub based in Dubai, UAE, to address this escalating crisis.
A Grave Concern for Hostages
Beyond the increasing casualties, the WHO expresses deep concern for the well-being of hostages, including elderly civilians seized by Hamas from Israel during the attacks on October 7. It is of utmost importance to promptly address the health and medical needs of these hostages, and WHO passionately urges their safe and swift release.