Nearly 200,000 people, about a tenth of Gaza’s population, have fled their homes due to hostilities, resulting in impending water and electricity shortages, stemming from a blockade, according to the UN humanitarian office. The conflict escalated when Israel intensified air strikes and imposed a “complete siege” on Gaza following a surprise attack by Hamas on Israel. Israel regained control over southern communities in Israel, previously breached by Hamas militants. Israel disconnected water supply pipes and halted goods, electricity, and food passage to Gaza. Israeli officials have declared “total war” on Hamas, seeking to eliminate the threat. The conflict has resulted in casualties on both sides, damaged schools, healthcare facilities, and an expected severe shortage of drinking water in Gaza, potentially leading to a humanitarian catastrophe.
Source – CGTN