Gaza Sees Its Largest Humanitarian Aid Delivery Yet Amid Rising Death Toll of Over 8,000 and Expanded Israeli Military Operations

by Joshua Brown
Israel-Hamas conflict

On Sunday, Gaza received its most substantial humanitarian aid shipment since the inception of the armed conflict between Israel and Hamas. However, aid organizations argue that the delivered assistance is grossly inadequate, as civilians have resorted to looting warehouses for essential supplies like flour and hygiene products.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza announced that the conflict has resulted in more than 8,000 deaths, a majority of whom are women and minors. This marks an unparalleled toll in the protracted history of Israeli-Palestinian confrontations. On the Israeli side, over 1,400 deaths have been reported, predominantly civilians, since the initial outbreak of hostilities.

After experiencing severe communication disruptions due to intense Israeli bombardments, the region regained partial communication capabilities on Sunday. The population of 2.3 million in the beleaguered enclave had been largely isolated from external communication.

According to Wael Abo Omar, a spokesperson at the Rafah crossing, 33 aid trucks entered Gaza from Egypt on Sunday. Israel has so far permitted only a limited amount of aid to pass through.

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After inspecting the Rafah border crossing, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, labeled the civilian suffering as “deeply troubling.” He was unable to gain access to Gaza but cautioned both sides to adhere to international law. He termed Hamas’ initial attack on October 7 as a severe infringement of international humanitarian law, but refrained from directly accusing Israel of war crimes.

Thomas White, Gaza director for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), expressed concern over the breakdown of civil order following the warehouse lootings, describing the populace as “fearful, exasperated, and desperate.”

Israel is expected to allow more humanitarian aid to enter Gaza, according to Israeli authorities. Elad Goren, head of civil affairs of COGAT, the Israeli defense body overseeing Palestinian civilian affairs, made a vague announcement regarding the establishment of a “humanitarian zone” near the southern city of Khan Younis but did not specify its location or the extent of aid that would be provided.

Healthcare facilities in Gaza are increasingly endangered, with residents near Shifa Hospital reporting that Israeli airstrikes have made access to the hospital challenging. The Israeli military accuses Hamas of using the hospital as a concealed command center, an allegation that Hamas refutes.

Hospitals in the region are grappling to maintain power for essential medical equipment, as Gaza’s lone power plant has ceased operations since the war’s commencement. The International Committee of the Red Cross expressed alarm at the bombing of medical facilities, stressing that hospitals should not be targeted under any circumstances.

As Israel continues its military operations, the death toll on both sides is anticipated to rise considerably, with confrontations taking place in densely populated areas.

This escalating situation has led to increased domestic pressure on Israel to negotiate the release of around 230 hostages taken by Hamas. In a meeting with families of the hostages, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said progress would not be achieved without exerting military pressure on Hamas.

Amid the ongoing strife, over 1.4 million individuals have fled their homes in Gaza, and roughly 1,800 are estimated to be trapped under rubble, according to the Health Ministry in Gaza.

Contributors to this report include correspondents based in Cairo, Beirut, and Jerusalem.

For more comprehensive coverage, visit: Full AP Coverage

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Israel-Hamas conflict

What is the scale of the humanitarian aid that recently entered Gaza?

Nearly three dozen trucks entered Gaza, marking the largest aid convoy since the war between Israel and Hamas began. However, the aid falls desperately short of the needs on the ground.

What is the current death toll among Palestinians in Gaza?

As of the report, the Gaza Health Ministry states that over 8,000 Palestinians have died, most of whom are women and minors. This toll is unprecedented in decades of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

Have communications been restored in Gaza?

Communications were largely restored to much of Gaza early on Sunday after an intense Israeli bombardment knocked out most contact on the previous Friday.

What has the International Criminal Court said about the conflict?

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, called the suffering of civilians “profound” and called for respect of international law by all parties, without specifically accusing Israel of war crimes.

What is the status of hospitals in Gaza?

Hospitals in Gaza are under increasing threat. Roads leading to the Shifa Hospital, the largest in the territory, have been blocked due to nearby Israeli airstrikes. Another Gaza City hospital suffered damage from airstrikes as well.

What are the conditions at aid warehouses in Gaza?

Aid warehouses have been broken into, signaling a breakdown in civil order. The UNRWA states that people are “scared, frustrated and desperate.”

Is Israel planning to allow more humanitarian aid into Gaza?

Israeli authorities have stated they will soon allow more humanitarian aid to enter Gaza, although the details have not been provided.

What has Hamas stated about hostages?

Hamas says it is prepared to release all hostages if Israel releases all Palestinians held in its prisons, an offer that Israel has dismissed.

What are the actions being taken by UNRWA?

UNRWA provides basic services and is attempting to keep water pumps and bakeries running amid the crisis. Their warehouses have been broken into, and they are struggling to meet the growing food needs.

How has the international community reacted to the conflict?

International reactions vary, but there is widespread concern for the humanitarian crisis and calls for a ceasefire and respect for international law.

More about Israel-Hamas conflict

  • Full AP Coverage on Israel-Hamas Conflict
  • UNRWA Official Website
  • Gaza Health Ministry Reports
  • International Criminal Court Statements on Israel-Hamas War
  • Humanitarian Aid Efforts in Gaza
  • Israeli Government Official Statements
  • Hamas Official Communications
  • U.S. National Security Adviser on Israel-Hamas Conflict
  • International Committee of the Red Cross Updates on Gaza
  • Latest News on Palestinian Casualties

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Realist101 October 29, 2023 - 11:33 pm

The geopolitical ramifications are huge. With Israel intensifying its operations, I don’t see this ending anytime soon. it’s just gonna escalate.

Skeptic101 October 30, 2023 - 2:01 am

Wait a sec, why hasn’t the ICC accused anyone of war crimes yet? Isn’t this the time to step in?

NewsJunkie October 30, 2023 - 3:48 am

This article is comprehensive, but what’s the endgame for both sides here? More importantly, how will it ever end if they can’t even agree on a hostage exchange?

MomOfThree October 30, 2023 - 5:37 am

Can’t even imagine what it’s like for families there. Makes me thankful for what I have, but I feel helpless about what’s happening there.

ConcernedCitizen October 30, 2023 - 10:35 am

it’s devastating to see such loss of life. And hospitals are struggling too? Something needs to be done, and fast.

Analyst99 October 30, 2023 - 1:49 pm

So, the death toll is unprecedented and civil order is breaking down. Looks like a powder keg waiting to explode, affecting not just the region but potentially global politics.

CryptoGuy89 October 30, 2023 - 4:05 pm

If this situation drags on, the impact could be far-reaching, even into areas like global finance and markets. unstable regions affect us all in some way.

JanePublic October 30, 2023 - 4:39 pm

So many are suffering, and it looks like the aid isn’t enough. Where’s the international community at times like these?

Humanitarian_1 October 30, 2023 - 6:07 pm

Aid is desperately needed, but breaking into warehouses is a sign of sheer desperation. We need more hands on deck for the aid process.

JohnDoe42 October 30, 2023 - 6:12 pm

Wow, this is heartbreaking stuff. Can’t believe how bad it’s gotten over there. Over 8000 deaths, that’s insane.


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