U.N. says ‘not potential’ to create ‘protected zones’ in Gaza


Palestinians fleeing the Israeli floor offensive arrive in Rafah, Gaza Strip, on December 5, 2023.
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The United Nations warned on December 5 that it was unattainable to create so-called protected zones for civilians to flee to contained in the Gaza Strip amid Israel’s bombing campaign.

Israel had initially targeted its offensive on the north of the territory, however the Army has now additionally dropped leaflets on elements of the south, telling Palestinian civilians there to flee to different areas.

“The so-called safe zones… are not scientific, they are not rational, they are not possible, and I think the authorities are aware of this,” James Elder, spokesman for the UN kids’s company UNICEF, informed reporters in Geneva through video-link from Cairo.

His feedback got here as Israeli troops battled Hamas militants within the southern Gaza Strip after increasing their offensive deeper into the besieged space.

Israel stated it was at conflict with Hamas after the militant group’s October 7 attacks that killed 1,200 individuals, principally civilians, and which noticed round 240 hostages taken, in line with Israeli authorities.

In retaliation for the worst assault in its historical past, Israel has vowed to eradicate Hamas and safe the discharge of all of the hostages held in Gaza.

The Health Ministry in Gaza says the conflict has killed almost 15,900 individuals within the territory, round 70 p.c of them girls and kids.

As Israel’s offensive pushes deeper into Gaza, worldwide assist organisations have warned that civilians within the densely-populated territory are operating out of locations to flee to.

Elder insisted that the protected zones declared by Israel “cannot be safe nor humanitarian when unilaterally declared”.

The pretence that there’s someplace protected for individuals to flee to is “callous”, he stated.

He pressured that in a correct protected zone, “you can guarantee the conditions of food, water, medicine and shelter”.

Mr. Elder, who spent the previous week or so in Gaza, pressured that none of that’s assured within the areas designated as protected zones.

“These are entirely, entirely absent. You cannot overstate this. These are tiny patches of barren land, or they are street corners, they are sidewalks,” he stated.

“There is no water, no facilities, no shelter from the cold and the rain (and) there’s no sanitation.”

Elder identified that within the overcrowded shelters that a lot of the displaced in Gaza have flocked to there had been round one bathroom for each 400 individuals.

“Now remove those people and put them in… the so called safe places. It’s tens of thousands of people without a single toilet — not one — no clean water, nothing to drink,” he stated.

“Without water, without sanitation, without shelter the so called safe zones risks becoming zones of disease.”

Content Source: www.thehindu.com

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