Caught up in the military action are many civilians struggling to find safe shelters.
They are risking their lives with dashes outdoors to get their loved ones to hospital; but even then it is not certain they will find the treatment they require. Overworked medical staff are in desperate need of medicine and supplies. Also, people cannot be kept indoors indefinitely. The funeral has been held for two sisters aged four and 11 who were killed when they left their home to put out the family’s rubbish. People also need to find food, which is in short supply. Even before the airstrikes, an Israeli blockade on the territory was causing extreme hardship. Israel agreed to allow in a further 100 trucks of humanitarian aid on Tuesday, as well as five ambulances from Turkey. Twenty one Jordanian doctors and four field hospitals are reportedly expected to arrive on Wednesday. But not all medical help has managed to get through. A boat on its way to Gaza with doctors and medicine has been forced to dock in Lebanon after being struck by an Israeli Navy ship. Israel claims the vessel, Dignity, failed to respond to radio contact. The group that organised the aid is vowing to find another boat to get to Gaza, in defiance of Israel’s blockade.