Tensions have been heating up in the Middle East after Palestinian militant organization Hamas had launched a surprise attack on Israel with missiles and troops on October 7, 2023.
Israeli government declared a state of war and answered with retaliatory strikes on the Gaza Strip, damaging urban infrastructure and killing civilians.
While world leaders are searching for resolution of the conflict that would ensure long-lasting peace or at least lead to a ceasefire, the crisis has escalated. Over 500 people were killed as a result of a missile strike at al-Ahli Arab hospital in Gaza on Tuesday evening.
The Palestinian authorities blamed the Israel Armed Forces for the attack, while the IDF insist that the attack was carried out by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement.
This move was condemned by international community, including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who reminded that medical facilities are protected by humanitarian law and could not be targeted.
Destruction of the hospital sparked outrage in the Middle Eastern countries, whose citizens stormed Israel embassies or rallied against Tel-Aviv and Washington foreign policy.
As hostilities entered the eleventh day, heavy Israeli bombardments on Gaza, from the air, sea and land, have continued almost uninterrupted.
In the last 20 hours (as of 17:30), 192 Palestinians have been killed, bringing the cumulative fatality toll in the Gaza Strip to 3,000, including at least 853 children, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza (excluding Al Ahli hospital casualties).
Hundreds of additional fatalities are believed to still be trapped under the rubble.
The average water consumption for all needs (drinking, cooking and hygiene) is currently estimated at three liters per day per person in Gaza.
There is increasing water consumption from unsafe sources, placing the population at risk of death or infectious disease outbreak.
Russia Classifies Attack on Hospital in Gaza Strip as Crime and Act of Dehumanization.
Sputnik / Middle East Monitor / ABC Flash Point News 2023.