Aid agencies warn of Gaza disaster

2012-11-19 21:45

Gaza City - A group of 38 aid agencies on Monday urged the international community to take action to secure a ceasefire in Gaza to prevent "another widespread humanitarian disaster".

The groups also called on the international community to pressure Israel to keep crossings into Gaza open to allow "essential humanitarian aid" into the territory as hostilities with Israel continue.

"World leaders cannot sit by while civilian casualties in Gaza and Israel continue to mount," said Oxfam country director Nishant Pandey.

"We urgently need to enforce a ceasefire," Pandey said in the statement, saying the ongoing conflict would only make life worse for civilians already suffering the impact of five years of an Israeli blockade and a devastating 22-day Israeli war between December 2008 and January 2009.

Medicine running short

The conflict "will only deepen despair, create more insecurity, and jeopardise chances for Israelis and Palestinians to reach a just and durable peace," he said.

The groups said medicines were running short in Gaza hospitals and the situation would only worsen as the fighting continued.

"If global leaders do not intervene, Gaza stands on the brink of yet another humanitarian crisis," said Aleksandar Milutinovic, country director for Mercy Corps.

By early Monday evening, 99 Palestinians and three Israelis had been killed in six days of conflict that began with Israel's targeting of a senior Hamas official.

Since then, Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes across Gaza, and militants have launched hundreds of rockets into the Jewish state.

  • jameel.patel.39 - 2012-11-19 22:34

    The humanitarian disaster has always been there...

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-20 03:46

      Unfortunately and tragically self-created by the Palestinians, at the hands of the Assad's and Khomeini's of this world who incite and arm them for their own selfish political interests.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-20 05:12

      It's piet.boerie the paranoid website reader

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-20 06:48

      The Palestinians are Iranian lapdogs... - 2012-11-20 07:54

      The humanitarian disaster is self inflicted, all your violent and murderous little brethren need to stop the rocket fire and then, no one will suffer in Gaza. Tens of thousand of Rockets fired at Israel since 2005; A rocket is like a bullet. Wherever you aim it, that’s where it’ll hit. Only, unlike a rifle, it has an engine that burns all the way and extends its range. The Kassam, for example, can go for about 20 kilometres. How do you aim a gun at a target 20 kilometres away? You can’t. You hit approximately. And to make sure you hit your target, you fire 10 rockets together. We call it a “volley.” Rockets are used when you don’t care what you hit. Fire a bunch toward a city, and hope that something will hit a kindergarten. This is known as “terrorism.” And Israelis don’t like terrorism. Call us crazy, but we want to keep our civilians safe.

  • john.bucknall.1 - 2012-11-20 04:19

    All these aid agencies always call for ceasefire, however once attained it means absolutely FA, because Palestinians don't want peace, they are being manipulated by Iran, Syria and the chief $hit stirrers the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • Johannes Bothma - 2012-11-20 05:15

    We sit with the same problem here in S.A.. Piet. Boerrie! Who will help us?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-20 05:32


  • Gorden Park - 2012-11-20 06:04

    There will be a ceasefire, when hamas has no more rockets left they will agree to a ceasefire. When they have stocked up again then sorry Israel they will let you have it again. Do not bow to international pressure finish what you started.

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-11-20 08:05

      Agreed, wipe them out now, problem solved. Don't worry about their women, they only feed and breed them.

  • lukesureen.evans - 2012-11-20 07:07

    Inorrect reporting. The palestinians fired rockets first, breaking the ceasefire. Israel is protecting itself. No country in the world would sit by while its neighbours fired rockets at it.

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