Aid agencies say the Israeli military assault has aggravated Gaza’s humanitarian crisis, with electricity and communications cut and the traumatised population facing dire food shortages.
The Israeli army claim that the World Food Programme halted emergency shipments to Gaza because its warehouses are full. However, the UN agency insists it is desperate to get supplies into the territory. The European Commission called on Israel to respect international law and allow access to people “suffering and dying” in Israeli attacks. The UN daily report on the situation said there is an almost total blackout across most of Gaza and land and mobile phone networks are down. Hospitals in the Strip are without mains electricity and the UN says tank fire and airstrikes are preventing medical staff reaching hospitals and that ambulances could not ferry the injured due to the continuous shelling.