CNN – ‘Gaza humanitarian plight ‘disastrous,’ U.N. official says’

by Jon Thompson on December 28, 2008

CNN has an update on the humanitarian situation in Gaza:

Israeli airstrikes pounding Gaza are deepening the humanitarian crisis in an area that was already in deep distress, according to a United Nations aid official.

“The situation is absolutely disastrous,” U.N. official Christopher Gunness told CNN on Sunday, as a second day of aerial attacks brought the death toll in Gaza close to 300. Hundreds more people have been injured.

Israel has said the airstrikes are a necessary self-defense measure after repeated rocket attacks from Gaza into southern Israel by Hamas militants. Israeli leaders say they are trying to minimize civilian casualties in Gaza.

Gaza is headed for “a major humanitarian disaster” unless the fighting ends soon, said Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj, a psychiatrist who runs Gaza’s mental health program.

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UPDATE:  See latest post for Gaza map comparison.

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tesfay nigus January 2, 2009 at 3:35 am

it is really a heartbreaking progress that israel has undertaken agaist the innocent civilians of the palastinian children and women.
The international community should press on israel to stop humilating the people of the area…
not only this but also putting embargo on the attacking state-israel.

Bero January 2, 2009 at 12:23 pm

I see on your channel that you try to give both sides of this story. But I’m sorry, there aren’t two sides to this story! It’s like David against Goliath and in this case Goliath is Israel. The so-called civilised world is with Goliath, as they always were and always will be. There is no justification for all these deaths. Please don’t try to give two sides of a story when the fact is that there is only one at this moment in time. Objectiveness sometimes means taking sides.

Peter A Non January 3, 2009 at 1:56 pm

I think that what is heartbreaking in how the Hamas leadership and militants use innocent civilians ( palastinian children and women) as human shields and a propaganda material for their political cause. They launch missiles from schools, masques and hospital specting that Israel won´t shutback because of the media press. Althoug Israel warns the civilians when they are goingo to launch a strike this heartless leaders do no allow the civilians to leave.

The international community should press on Hamas and its terrorist activities supporters to stop this practice and terrible use of the people of the area.

Jon Thompson January 3, 2009 at 2:16 pm

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LA January 4, 2009 at 11:53 am

Its time we enforce the UN resolution which requires Israel to go back to its 1967 borders. Israel continues to build illegal settlements by destroying peoples homes. They created a complete blockade of GAZA about a year ago blocking food, medicine and other crucial things that there own citizens enjoy with US tax dollars. I am completely against the rocket attacks launched by Hamas but why terrorize 1.5 million people. This is state sponsered terrorism by Israel by targeting innocent civilians. You can not be precise with aimless tank shelling…
God, please help us!

VAMR January 4, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Can you tell me where are the human rights in the West Bank and in Gaza Peter Anon????????. They are surrounded by walls and patrol 24 hours a day by Israel millitary people and to be able to go to the other side of the wall they need a permission slip to go to the other side. When we try to go inside Bethlehem to the Nativity church the military patrol from Israel told us that we can not go inside the wall because all the arabs are terrorist, what are you talking to me about I am palestinian descendant from and Orthodox Catholic family from Beitjala and I do not conside myself a terrorist. When we manage to enter to the church from the other side of the wall do you know what we found, the most wonderful, marvellous and giving humans that you can ever see on earth.

Everyday I went had to go visit my family from Jerusalem to Beit jala we had to cross that wall and all the times we where exposed to being insulted by your Israel army and the worst we could not go out the wall to go for a drive because the Israelies wont let them cross the wall. Eventhough I have an Ecuadorian passport they talk bad things from the arabs inside the wall, well we are not bad people so why you let a woman die at the wall because she needed help in a hospital on the other side of the wall, in Jerusalem. If I do not forget they shot a little kid and killed him on the west bank this summer, and you know human rights do not exist for Arabs.

You know I went to church to pray in Jerusalem and I visited the Muslim Dome and the Jews wall and guess who goes with arms and guns to pray?????? well the jews, the people from the peaceful Israel. You know why they go with guns????, well because they are scared, and you know why they are scared??????? well because they know deep inside that they are doing bad things and they are scared so they need to protect themselves from their own evil soul. If you are free and you do not owe anything to anybody you do not need to walk armed with guns even to go to pray to the wall.

Well I hope Israel learns their lesson and stop thinking they have the right to kill people because they are scared and they have a huge paranoia. Stop inventing things or tell me if all the wall from the west Bank and Gaza are controlled by Israel how in the world they can have arms to fight with you guys, that is why the y have to explote themselves. If the metal ill sick people from Israel invest their money to go to a psychiatrist and stop their brutal killings to innocent people thing will be diferent.

Where are HUMAN RIGHTS for GAZA and the WEST BANK


Hemza January 5, 2009 at 10:14 pm

terrosim? mmmm Whats happening in Gaza is Crazy people dieing everywhere and hamas barely has any weapons to defend there homes and people. Palestine is only defending there family and children more 50 children die daliy. Israel is attacking a state with no Miltia and army? I belive there is a rule with all countries “Whatever country declares war the other country must be equal with miltia and army. Noy Israel with Great Army and Weapons and Hamas with barely to help there self? Is that far….

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