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The government in Gaza announced the death of more than 300 in 23 massacres committed by the Israeli occupation army within 24 hours, amid UN warnings of the spread of infectious and deadly diseases.

The government media office in the Gaza Strip said it had counted 316 martyrs in the past 24 hours, adding that hundreds of martyrs remained under the rubble from the recent Israeli massacres.

He stressed that Israel is escalating its "genocidal" war in the Strip, using bombs weighing 2000,<> pounds each, and stressed that the population is facing a "real humanitarian catastrophe at all levels."

Condemning the return of shelling and child casualties, a UNICEF spokesperson from Gaza said: "In conscience, we cannot allow this war on the children of Gaza to continue."

For its part, the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that the death toll in the Gaza Strip has risen since the seventh of last October, to 15,523 Palestinians.

Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said during a news conference that the toll of infections during the same period had risen to 41,316.

Regarding the death toll of the health sector, al-Qudra stressed that "281 health workers were killed and hundreds injured, in addition to the destruction of 56 ambulances and 56 health institutions completely, and the departure of 20 hospitals and 46 primary care centers from service.

He warned that "the wounded are bleeding to death, as a result of the lack of the required health service for them in the northern Gaza Strip, as a result of the Israeli occupation targeting the remaining hospitals to take them out of service, and force the population to displace."

He called for "immediate action to provide a humanitarian corridor that guarantees the flow of medical supplies, fuel, field hospitals and medical staff, and the exit of hundreds of wounded."

Disease outbreaks

The developments come amid ongoing warnings of outbreaks of infectious diseases in the Strip, especially intestinal and skin diseases, hepatitis C and cholera, according to an official with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Adnan Abu Hasna, acting media advisor, said in a press statement that "intestinal diseases in Gaza have spread at a rate of 4 times what they were previously, and skin diseases are 3 times higher."

The UN official stressed that "there are reports of the spread of hepatitis C in the Strip, along with the start of other epidemics, such as cholera."

On relief and humanitarian affairs, Thomas White, director of UNRWA affairs in the Gaza Strip, said that Israel had halved the amount of fuel allocated for humanitarian aid with the end of the humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip.

"With the end of the truce in Gaza, the Israeli authorities have reduced the amount of fuel for humanitarian aid by 50 percent, and this will cost more lives," he wrote in a post published on his official account on the "X" platform.

The Gaza municipality warned that water supplies in Gaza City neighborhoods would be shut down at any moment due to running out of fuel.

On December 7, a temporary truce between the Palestinian resistance factions and Israel, which was brokered by Qatar and Egypt and lasted 2 days, ended during which prisoners were exchanged and humanitarian aid was brought into the Gaza Strip, which is home to about 2.<> million Palestinians.

The truce came after a devastating war waged by Israel on the Gaza Strip, since the seventh of last October, which left massive destruction in infrastructure and tens of thousands of civilian victims, most of them children and women, as well as an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe, according to official Palestinian and UN sources.

Source: Agencies