While it is providing welcome relief for some, the three-hour pause in military operations in Gaza is being criticised by relief workers on the ground.
They say there is not enough time to carry out humanitarian work and only a lasting ceasefire would ensure Palestinians get the help they need. Residents are also complaining. One man said: “They give us three hours. How can we get vegetables in three hours? The south, where we get them from, is closed. The roads are closed. We’re under siege. No electricity, no water, no vegetables, no bread, no flour. People are living on oxygen alone.” Some shops have had supplies delivered, and the lucky ones, who have the means to pay, are able to buy groceries. But the scenes of food on shelves are not representative. Palestinians elsewhere report severe shortages of food, fuel and medicine throughout the territory, which is home to 1.5 million people.