israel hamas conflict causes humanitarian catastrophe in region
The ongoing conflict between Israeli forces and Hamas fighters have caused humanitarian catastrophe in the region. Civilians are suffering because of the conflict. Israelis and Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip are facing the consequences of the conflict.
UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) has said that rights violations against children are rampant because of the Israel-Hamas conflict. Catherine Russell, who currently serves as Executive Director of UNICEF, said, “Many children have been killed or injured.” UNICEF also said that ‘Gaza is heading for humanitarian catastrophe.’
Violence against women has also increased because of the conflict. Hamas fighters have kidnapped various women, according to witnesses and reports.
Humanitarian catastrophe in the region
The President of the United States, Joe Biden, said that Hamas fighters beheaded 40 babies. He said, “I never really thought that I would see, have confirmed pictures of terrorists beheading children.”
A spokesperson for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also said that 40 babies were found dead in Israel. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said that Hamas killed 40 small babies. They said, “Women, children and toddlers as well as elderly were brutally butchered in an ISIS way of action.”
According to multiple reports and knowledgeable sources, Hamas also raped some women. A German woman, who was attending the music festival near the Gaza border, was also kidnapped by Hamas fighters. The German woman was also paraded naked by Hamas militants. Later on, the woman was identified as tattoo artist Shani Louk. Her family also pleaded for help.
The conflict has already led to the killing of more than 3200 people.
A man named Ori also shared a video on X platform. In a video, he said, “I close my eyes and I don’t know where they are. They are either being raped in Gaza or dead in a ditch somewhere.”
An Israeli woman told the media, “I know they kidnapped girls. They raped women even after killing them.”
According to the BBC, a 25-year-old woman, identified as Noa Argamani, was also assaulted by Hamas.
Last week, Israeli soldiers launched an attack in The Gaza Strip. However, the attack killed Israeli citizens taken hostage by Hamas. Israeli forces also attacked Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The ongoing conflict also killed many foreigners in The Gaza and Israel.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report that Israel used white phosphorus to target people in the Gaza Strip. Lama Fakih, Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa director said, “Any time that white phosphorus is used in crowded civilian areas, it poses a high risk of excruciating burns and lifelong suffering.”
White phosphorus can cause deep burns on the body. A person can even die because white phosphorus can also cause organ failures. Omar Shakir, who serves as the Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch, said that Israeli forces also used white phosphorus on civilians during the 2008-9 war in Gaza.