As the Israel-Hamas conflict enters its 11th day, the plight of over 2 million Palestinians in the densely populated Gaza Strip has become increasingly dire. With a land area of just 41 km in length and 10 km in width, Gaza is one of the most densely populated places on Earth. The ongoing conflict has created a dire situation, leaving its residents with no escape.
Gaza is separated from Israel by a border with five crossings, but not all of them are operational. The recent clashes between Hamas militants and Israeli forces have further limited access.
The Erez crossing, situated along the Gaza-Israel border, was hit during the conflict, and the Kerem Shalom crossing, crucial for the entry of vital supplies, was closed by Tel Aviv, as reported by the BBC. Even the Rafah Crossing at the border with Egypt, an important gateway, has been affected.
The consequences of these actions have left the civilian population in Gaza completely trapped. Humanitarian organizations are deeply concerned about the well-being of the people in Gaza, as vital necessities, including food, water, electricity, internet access, and fuel, are in increasingly short supply. This crisis escalated when Hamas launched thousands of missiles towards Israel on October 7, prompting Israel to respond with a range of measures, including restricting essential supplies.
Egypt has been hesitant to open the Rafah Crossing for the movement of people, citing the need for Israel to allow humanitarian aid to enter. The result is a humanitarian crisis with millions of Palestinians unable to leave the besieged territory.
The situation in Gaza underscores the urgent need for a peaceful resolution to the conflict and international efforts to alleviate the suffering of its residents. The cycle of violence has left the people of Gaza with nowhere to go, and the world is watching, hoping for a path towards peace and humanitarian relief.
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