Gaza faces severe humanitarian catastrophe amid Israeli siege and airstrikes

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The Gaza Strip, home to more than two million Palestinians, is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe as Israel continues its relentless bombardment and blockade of the territory. The Israeli Defense Forces have launched more than 200 airstrikes on Gaza since Saturday, targeting residential buildings, commercial zones, mosques and infrastructure. The death toll in Gaza has risen to over 800, including about 100 children, and nearly 4,000 people have been injured. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza has warned of a collapse of the health system due to the lack of medical supplies, electricity and fuel.

Israel has imposed a “complete siege” on Gaza, cutting off all supplies of food, water, electricity and fuel to the enclave. The United Nations World Food Programme has called for the establishment of humanitarian corridors into Gaza, as aid groups say that damage to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities has already disrupted services to more than 400,000 people. Many residents of Gaza have been forced to flee their homes or remain trapped under the rubble, with no safe place to go.

The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is unfolding amid an escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian group that controls the territory.

The international community has expressed concern over the situation in Gaza and called for an immediate ceasefire.

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