Widespread destruction in Gaza exacerbates already dire conditions for the population (French)

The long-awaited truce by civilians in Gaza, which went into effect last Friday, has given them little rest after 7 weeks of intense bombardment, but the situation remains as desperate as it was.

The newspaper explained – in a report by its correspondent in Jerusalem, Guillaume de Diulovo – that the heavy rains that fell on the Gaza Strip during the past two days did not spare the ruined tent made of available in Khan Yunis, where a mother took refuge with her six children in the courtyard of an UNRWA school, under the tarpaulin that they stretched over a few worn wooden bars fluttering by the wind, and does not prevent water droplets from falling through it.

Here the queues stretch "for more than two kilometers, where people sleep all night," hoping to get a gas cylinder, says Ocha, "there are reports that people are burning doors or window frames for cooking," and "in general, we citizens have only benefited from the cessation of shelling and attacks. At least we sleep peacefully," says teacher Asmaa Abu Siam from Khan Yunis.

Lack of fuel

UNRWA announced that it had obtained 268,250 liters of fuel in two days, and about <> trucks were able to enter the Palestinian territories between Friday and Monday, bringing with them food, drinking water, tents, blankets, medicines and gasoline, but that is just a drop in the ocean, compared to the scale of the ongoing humanitarian disaster, and "gasoline was distributed to help distribute food, and operate electricity generators in hospitals, water network and shelters," but only in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

"This morning we got a can of hummus and another of sardines," says Tahrir al-Naqla from the Shujaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City, where she found refuge with some 3000,<> people at an UNRWA school. It hasn't worked since the beginning of the war, and we don't have money. Life is really hard. We have no beds, no blankets and no warm clothes for the children. They are sick and I don't have medicine to treat them."

Jonathan: The true cost of this conflict will be measured by the number of children's lives lost

Jonathan Cricks, spokesman for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Palestine, said that children are the first victims of this war, as about 6,7 children have been killed since October <>, noting that "the real cost of this conflict will be measured in the number of children's lives."

During the truce, the UN agency responsible for children was able to deliver medical equipment to hospitals in the northern Gaza Strip that were still functioning, yet UNICEF is concerned about the spread of diseases caused by unsafe water consumption, as well as long-term psychological trauma.

Source: Le Figaro