Gaza: As the ultimatum given to the population expires, MSF calls on the Israeli authorities to show humanity
Despite Israeli announcements suggesting that there are safe areas for the population trapped in the Gaza Strip, they are in fact exposed to bombardment throughout all the territory, including in the south, where tens of thousands of people have fled following the ultimatum.
As the Israeli army has been bombarding the Gaza Strip without restraint for a week, we are calling for the most elementary humanity to be shown.
The injunction to nearly 1.1 million people to move in a few hours to an already overpopulated territory with precarious access to food, water and healthcare is as absurd as it is intolerable.
Our teams are witnessing the fact that drinking water is becoming scarce in the south of the Gaza Strip and the difficulty of obtaining it is adding to the distress of the population.
Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) urgently calls for the restoration of sufficient and immediate access to drinking water for the population of the Gaza Strip.
A humanitarian corridor of a few hours decreed today by the Israeli authorities in the north of Gaza has just expired.
We are extremely worried about the fate of those who will not be able to move, such as the wounded, the sick and the medical staff, who we fear will be wiped out in view of the statements made by the Israeli military authorities.
MSF is calling for safe zones to remain in the north and for regular ceasefires.
We are also calling for the possibility to flee through the Rafah crossing for those who wish to do so, without prejudice to the right to return.
MSF has asked for its Palestinian staff who wish to leave to be evacuated.
Tens of thousands of people have now left their homes in the north of Gaza following Israel's ultimatum.— MSF UK (@MSF_uk) October 15, 2023
Our staff member Louis recorded this update yesterday from one of the sites in the south of Gaza where 1000s of people are now living in extremely precarious conditions pic.twitter.com/cCyKgz9nCN
MSF is an impartial organisation. So, we are sometimes asked why we do not currently run medical programmes in Israel.
We have offered our support to Israeli hospitals treating high numbers of casualties. However, Israel has strong emergency and health systems in place.
MSF focuses on filling gaps in healthcare and going wherever that need is greatest. Our teams are working in Gaza and the West Bank - as we have for 20 years - providing medical aid and supporting a healthcare system that urgently lacks both staff and supplies.
This is why we report on what our staff and patients are directly witnessing and experiencing in Gaza. Hospitals are becoming overwhelmed and facing shortages of drugs, medical supplies, and fuel for generators.