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  • Updated: November 29, 2023

Gaza nears humanitarian crisis despite truce as aid falls short

Gaza nears humanitarian crisis despite truce as aid falls sh

As the tenuous truce between Israel and Hamas enters its sixth day, concerns are mounting over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.

Despite the temporary pause in hostilities, aid organizations are warning that the war-ravaged region is on the brink of a full-scale crisis.

The ceasefire, brokered to facilitate the release of Israeli captives in exchange for Palestinian prisoners, has allowed a modest increase in humanitarian aid.

However, the current efforts fall short of meeting the critical needs of Gaza's population, with nearly 80% of its 2.3 million residents displaced.

A "humanitarian pause" began on Friday, initially planned for four days and later extended for an additional two days.

Israel released 150 Palestinian prisoners (117 children and 33 women), while Hamas released 69 captives (51 Israelis and 18 from other nations).

Aid trucks crossing through the Rafah border averaged around 150 per day, significantly below the pre-war daily average of 500. The UNRWA estimates that 200 trucks of aid daily over two months are necessary to meet basic needs, highlighting the existing shortfall.

The devastating impact of the two-month Israeli bombardment has left Gaza in disarray. With nearly 15,000 casualties and tens of thousands injured, medical shortages and a crumbling infrastructure have exacerbated the crisis.

The recent truce, while providing a brief respite, has divided the territory and exacerbated the scarcity of essential supplies in southern regions.

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