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100 days of war in Gaza: UN regrets ‘a stain on our common humanity’, Israel remains determined

The war in the Gaza Strip will reach its 100th day on Sunday. On the eve of this symbolic date, the UN deplored the “stain on our common humanity”, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured that “no one” will stop Israel in its fight to destroy Hamas.

“It has been one hundred days since this devastating war began, killing and displacing people in Gaza, following horrific attacks by Hamas and other groups on people in Israel. It has been a hundred days of testing and suffering for the hostages and their families,” said Philippe Lazzarini, head of the UN aid agency for Palestinian refugees, from the Palestinian territory.

In Tel Aviv, Benjamin Netanyahu, for his part, insisted at a press conference: “No one will stop us, not The Hague, not the Axis of Evil, not anyone else,” in particular, referring to South Africa’s request to the International Court of Justice The UN (UN) has accused Israel of genocide in the Gaza Strip. And at the same time assure the chief of staff of the Israeli army that his country is waging a “just” war in order to protect “its right to live in security.”

Humanitarian disaster

On Saturday, the Gaza Strip came under fire again from the Israeli army. International organizations have tirelessly condemned the humanitarian catastrophe experienced by 2.4 million Gazans, 1.9 million of whom have been forced to flee their homes.

What the people of Gaza are experiencing is “unbearable, a race against time against hunger,” the head of the UN Relief Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) warned on Saturday. “The situation of children is especially heartbreaking. It will take years to heal an entire generation of traumatized children,” said Philippe Lazzarini. The “massive death, destruction” and “pain of the last hundred days” is a “stain on our common humanity,” he also said.

On Friday, due to the fault of the Israeli side, communications and Internet services were completely cut off, reports Palestinian operator Paltel. Communications were partially restored on Saturday afternoon. A fuel shortage has led to the shutdown of the main generator at Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Hospital in Deir al-Balah (centre), a Hamas health ministry source said. Israel opposes fuel being included in humanitarian aid, citing the risk of it being diverted by Hamas.

Medicines for hostages

The war was sparked by an unprecedented Hamas attack on Israeli soil on October 7 that killed some 1,140 people, mostly civilians, according to an Agence France-Presse tally based on Israeli casualties. Since then, Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip have killed 23,843 people, mostly civilians, according to the Hamas health ministry. About 250 people were taken hostage by Hamas, including about a hundred who were released during a truce in late November.

Negotiations over their fate are ongoing. The detainees will receive the drugs “in the coming days” under an agreement reached through Qatar, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office said on Friday. A source close to Hamas confirmed negotiations were taking place, but not their completion.

Source: Le Parisien

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