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GMO warns of humanitarian catastrophe amid ongoing closure of Rafah crossing

Monday 13-May-2024


The head of the Government Media Office (GMO), Salama Marouf warned of a new humanitarian catastrophe as a result of the Israeli forced closure of the Rafah crossing for almost a week as well as preventing the delivery of aid from the Kerem Shalom crossing.

Marouf added, in a press statement on Sunday, that the Israeli occupation army has been preventing thousands of wounded from leaving the Strip for receiving treatment abroad.

This heralds a new humanitarian catastrophe and the loss of the lives of hundreds of sick and wounded people due to the lack of necessary medicines and the incapability of the remaining health centers to meet the medical needs, as well as worsening food security crisis, reaching a state of famine across the besieged Strip, he said.

Marouf pointed out that this coincides with the escalation of the Israeli aggression against Rafah, central and northern Gaza, and the neighborhoods of Al-Zaytoun, Al-Sabra and Tal Al-Hawa in Gaza City, adding that even Al-Mawasi area, to which citizens are being forced to migrate, has not been spared from Israeli raids and killing.

Marouf condemned the Israeli brutality and use of torture against Palestinian prisoners from the Gaza Strip, and holding them captive in secret detention centers, where they are subjected to the ugliest forms of torture and sadism. This indicates the extent of the suffering and atrocities committed against Palestinian prisoners, he added.

Marouf called on the international community, the United Nations, and its institutions, “to take urgent action to stop the crime of our time, put an end to the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe that our people have suffered for more than 7 months, and take the necessary decisions to force the occupation to halt its genocidal massacres.”

He also urged the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to immediately announce the investigation into all these crimes, and to issue instant arrest warrants against Israeli war criminals led by Netanyahu, his Minister of War, and his Army Chief of Staff.

For the 220th day in a row, the Israeli occupation army has been continuing its aggression against the Gaza Strip, with US and European support, leading to the martyrdom of 34,971 people and the injury of 78,641 others, in addition to the displacement of about 1.7 million people, according to United Nations data.

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