Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations insisted Sunday that there was no “humanitarian crisis” in Gaza despite reported shortages of fuel, water and medical supplies in the territory and warnings from international humanitarian groups according to which the situation in the enclave is becoming disastrous because of the crisis. day.
“I’m not saying life in Gaza is great,” Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “And obviously Hamas is the only one that should be held responsible for any situation in Gaza. But there is a norm, due to international humanitarian law. What does this mean, a humanitarian crisis? And I say, again, that there is currently no humanitarian crisis in Gaza, based on international humanitarian law.
Israel hit Gaza with airstrikes in the weeks after the Hamas militant group launched an unprecedented deadly attack on Israel on October 7, killing more than 1,400 Israelis. Israel also cut off access to food, water, fuel and medicine in the days following the attack – a move that many groups and officials say has led to a humanitarian crisis.
Gaza’s health ministry said the Palestinian death toll reached 9,700 on Sunday, including thousands injured.
The United States has pressured Israel to agree to a “humanitarian pause” in its bombing of Gaza to secure the release of hostages taken by Hamas militants and allow aid to reach civilians Palestinians. Hamas took more than 200 hostages in its first attack, the majority of which it still holds.
Erdan said a humanitarian pause in fighting was not necessary at the moment. arguing that the aid has already been admitted. Humanitarian groups and U.S. officials, including President Biden, have said, however, that the amount of aid that has reached the enclave falls far short of meeting the needs of the population.
“There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. In coordination with the United States and the UN, we have allowed the number of trucks entering Gaza with food and medicine to almost 100 trucks every day,” he said.
“We therefore see no need for humanitarian pauses at this time, as this will only allow Hamas to rearm and regroup and prevent us from achieving our goal of destroying Hamas’ terrorist capabilities,” he said. added.
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