Gaza faces an increasingly alarming humanitarian situation now that a UN aid agency has suspended its operations.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency announced it was halting its food deliveries because of the risk posed by Israeli forces. It said one of its drivers had been killed by Israeli fire despite clearance being given to a aid convoy. On Tuesday an Israeli strike killed dozens of people at a UN-run school. Women and children are said to account for many of the dead and wounded since the military offensive started. Some believe the conflict will have a lasting impact on Gaza’s youth. Abdel Bari Atwan, Editor-in-Chief of London-based newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi said: “This generation, how they act in the future, either they will be traumatised and suffering from psychological problems, maybe handicapped psychologically or they will be very radical in the future and they could be the new generation of suicide bomber.” As the fighting rages on, the US has urged Israel to lengthen its three hour daily ceasefire to allow access to aid. Medical sources in Gaza say at least 765 Palestinians have been killed since the military offensive began nearly two weeks ago. The Israeli death toll stands at 13.