In a grim milestone, the conflict between Israel and Palestinian armed groups has reached its 75th day, with heavy bombardments and rocket attacks showing no signs of abating. The situation has escalated into a full-blown humanitarian crisis, marked by attacks on health and UN facilities, a severe telecommunications blackout, and an alarming increase in population density in the Rafah governorate.
The Gaza Strip, already grappling with the devastating impact of the prolonged conflict, is now facing an unprecedented level of violence. Israeli airstrikes, land operations, and naval bombardments persist, while Palestinian armed groups continue firing rockets into Israel, resulting in a relentless cycle of destruction and displacement.
Reports of attacks on health and UN facilities are particularly distressing, as these areas are deemed protected under international humanitarian law. The deliberate targeting of such crucial infrastructure raises concerns about the disregard for civilian lives and the worsening impact on emergency operations.
For the seventh consecutive day, most parts of Gaza remain without telecommunications and internet services. This communication blackout severely hampers emergency response efforts and the dissemination of vital information. In a slight reprieve, services have been temporarily restored in the southern region, offering a lifeline to those in need.