Ceasefire Ends and Genocide Continues Against Civilians in Gaza

1 December 2023
Ceasefire Ends and Genocide Continues Against Civilians in Gaza

The end of the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has led to the resumption in the genocide of Palestinians, drawing condemnation from the UN, which referred to the situation as a "nightmare." The temporary ceasefire, in place until 07:00 (05:00 GMT), ended with israel breaching the terms of the agreement several times. 178 casualties were reported from Israeli attacks, and a UN official noted a halt in aid through the Rafah crossing since the ceasefire concluded. Heavy gunfire and clashes ensued in northern Gaza, with Israeli genociders engaging the resistance.

Areas targeted by air strikes included north-western Gaza and Khan Younis in the south, where thousands sought refuge earlier in the conflict. Despite the ceasefire's end, relentless bombing continued, with jet fighters and reconnaissance planes active. Drones were reported in Khan Younis, with israelis pressuring residents to move further south towards the Egyptian border.

The renewed bombardment has inflicted severe humanitarian consequences in Gaza, overwhelming medical facilities. Nasser hospital, now Gaza's largest operational medical facility, is struggling to cope with an influx of injured children and war-wounded individuals. UN aid agencies describe similar conditions in other hospitals, emphasizing the dire state of Gaza's health system. The broader humanitarian situation worsens as essential supplies such as cooking gas, food, and water dwindle, leaving displaced people in dire need.

Amid the invasion, concerns rise about the limited humanitarian aid entering Gaza, including fuel shortages. Despite some aid trucks entering during the ceasefire, the numbers remain insufficient compared to pre-invasion levels. The head of the UN's relief agency for Palestinian refugees, Unrwa, Philippe Lazzarini, expressed dismay at the lack of humanitarian aid, including fuel, entering Gaza. Israel has rejected proposals for captive releases on several occasions.

The death toll in Gaza exceeds 14,800 people, including 6,000 children, with concerns about more casualties under the rubble. The situation raises profound worries about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, as basic necessities diminish, and access to aid remains constrained.