Few in the Gaza Strip have escaped the effects of Israel’s offensive. The most visible, of course, are those battered and torn by the bombs, shells and bullets – treated in hospitals running short on medical stocks, by staff running short on rest. Lebanon has sent 20 tonnes of medical equipment to treat victims of war.
Despite the violence, civilians ventured out in Khan Younis to stock up on water. Many say they have been without basic services at home for ten days. Residents there appear to be short of most things, except a certain determination. One said: “There is no water and we are living under siege. May God help us and all the Muslims to break this siege.” Another added: “There is no water at home, no electricity, no gas.” The UN’s Beach Distribution Centre is a lifeline for many. The EU is also making three-million euros worth of relief available, but has called on Israel to guarantee a humanitarian zone, where aid can be distributed safely.