No Escape for Gazans After Israeli Attack
Gazans are facing a brutal onslaught by the Israeli military, with nowhere to turn for protection or sanctuary.
Gazans are facing a brutal onslaught by the Israeli military, with nowhere to turn for protection or sanctuary. On Saturday night, Israel declared war on the Gaza Strip and immediately began bombing homes and infrastructure. According to UN officials, this marks the worst attacks on the Gaza Strip since a similar assault in 2014.
The intensity of the bombardment has caused widespread panic among the Palestinian population of the area. Families have huddled together at home as the bombs and missiles continue to rain down. As of Sunday morning, media outlets reported that at least 42 people, including 10 children, had been killed in Israeli strikes. Entire residential neighborhoods have been reduced to rubble.
Since the Israeli declared war, there has been no let-up in the offensive. Israeli jets have conducted more than 80 airstrikes on Gaza, in an apparent show of force aimed at intimidating the Palestinian population. The humanitarian situation in the area is now dire, with no end in sight. Hospitals are overwhelmed with casualties, and there is an acute shortage of water, food, and medicine.
This blitz has prompted condemnations from around the world. The United Nations and other international organizations have urged Israel to immediately cease its military operations, in accordance with international law. The UN has warned the conflict could escalate further, and have called for de-escalation and a ceasefire.
The international community must act decisively to end this conflict and protect the people of Gaza. The UN Security Council must intervene to ensure that Israel adheres to international law and that the rights of the Palestinian people are respected. If decisive action is not taken, the conflict could spiral out of control with potentially catastrophic consequences.