Israeli attack on Gaza: UN concerned about access to medical care for 50,000 pregnant women

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights has expressed concern over the daily violations of the laws of war and international human rights law by Israel’s offensive in Gaza.

In the ten days since the Israel-Hamas war began, 4,200 people have been killed on both sides, and more than a million have been displaced. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed shock that many areas of the Gaza Strip have been destroyed and gravely silent, and that there is a grave danger to civilians in the coming days.

Women and children are among the dead. At least 11 Palestinian journalists, 28 medical personnel, and 14 United Nations personnel were among those killed. It is unclear how many more bodies may be under the debris. Many families have lost loved ones. They fear for the future, the United Nations said in a statement.

Given the current situation, military operations do not show signs of abating. The attack on Gaza is affecting water supplies, food, medicine, and other basic needs. Several health services units were damaged in the bombing. Healthcare facilities have been damaged by bombings, raising serious concerns about the availability of medical care in the near future.

Thousands of people were injured in the war. An estimated 50,000 pregnant women, as well as people with chronic physical and mental health problems, lack access to medical care.

As a result of the blockade imposed on medical and infrastructure in Gaza by hostilities, the lack of right to health services is likely to increase further. Attacks against medical facilities, medical personnel, the wounded, and the sick are prohibited under international humanitarian law, the United Nations said.

The killing of innocent civilians should be investigated

Alarming reports that Palestinian civilians trying to evacuate to southern Gaza have been killed by bombing must be independently and thoroughly investigated. The United Nations has said that all allegations of serious violations of international human rights must be investigated.

“We urge Israeli forces to refrain from targeting civilians or carrying out bombings, indiscriminate attacks on their territory. In any case, we will take precautions to prevent and minimize loss of civilian life, injury to civilians, and damage to civilian property,” the United Nations said in a statement.

So far around 4 lakh people displaced from their own roofs have taken refuge in different places. Many of them are in UN refugee camps.

International law requires that the Israeli regime legally settle and provide infrastructure in safe places for people in occupied territories based on public safety or compelling military reasons. But Israel has not provided any such facility to the 10 lakh displaced people. The announcement states that Israel has violated all human rights laws.

The United Nations calls for a cease-fire to enable aid delivery and prevent further suffering and death for the already-harried civilians in Gaza.

In addition, 199 Israeli citizens are known to be held hostage by Hamas fighters in Gaza. We reiterate our call to Hamas fighters to immediately and unconditionally release all civilian hostages and cease the use of indiscriminate shelling against Israel.

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