Israel, UN on Gaza siege: violates international law. WHO: open humanitarian corridors

As the conflict in the Middle East worsens, the UN intervenes directly, declaring that Israel’s total siege of the Gaza Strip is prohibited by international law. The head of the United Nations for human rights, Volker Turk, underlined in a statement: “The imposition of sieges that endanger the lives of civilians by depriving them of essential goods for their survival is prohibited by international humanitarian law” (WAR HAMAS-ISRAEL, ALL UPDATES – THE SPECIAL).

Over 187,500 people have been internally displaced in the Gaza Strip since Saturday, the start of the Hamas attack against Israel, reports the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). “The number of displaced people has increased significantly in the Gaza Strip, the majority are taking refuge in UNRWA schools,” an OCHA spokesperson, Jens Laerke, said at a press conference today in Geneva.

WHO: humanitarian corridor for essential medical supplies necessary

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for the opening of a humanitarian corridor inside and outside the Gaza Strip, placed under total siege by Israel. “WHO calls for an end to the violence. A humanitarian corridor is needed to reach people with essential medical supplies,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said at a news conference in Geneva.