The world is witnessing an unfolding tragedy of unimaginable proportions in the Gaza Strip. As of November 6, more than 10,000 lives have been lost in the war between a nuclear power and a ragtag militia ruling over two million people inhabiting a land strip 25 miles in length and 7.5 miles in width. The toll includes 4,104 children, making the situation harrowing. What is more, there is no sign of a ceasefire in the near future, even though the US has now begun to ask for a humanitarian pause .But such a pause, if not a ceasefire should begin sooner than later. The situation in Gaza is dire, and the world cannot afford to look away any longer.
Thousands are trapped beneath the rubble, their cries for help going unanswered due to a lack of heavy equipment and machinery to assist in rescue efforts. The number of wounded has surpassed 25,000, and recent Israeli attacks have claimed hundreds of more lives. This should make the great powers realize that the time for meaningful intervention is now.
While Israel justifies its actions as an attempt to eradicate the Palestinian armed group Hamas, the collateral damage to civilians and the humanitarian conditions in Gaza paint a devastating picture. Running low on essential supplies, Gaza’s hospitals are struggling to cope with the influx of wounded, with 16 out of 35 hospitals forced to suspend operations. The United Nations reports that over 1.5 million people, more than half of Gaza’s population, have been displaced. The basic necessities of life, such as fuel, food, and electricity, are in short supply.
In late October, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian truce. The international community has united in its call for an end to the fighting, recognizing the urgency of the situation. However, both Israel and its ally, the United States, have rejected these calls for a humanitarian pause, arguing that such a pause would allow Hamas to regroup. As Israel escalates ground operations and continues its campaign of air strikes, it’s the people of Gaza who bear the brunt of this prolonged conflict. The world cannot afford to be spectators in this horrific tragedy.
The ongoing loss of life, the destruction of infrastructure, and the displacement of countless innocent civilians demand an immediate global response. Gaza doesn’t just need a pause in ceasefire but a complete truce. If the right to self-defense and revenge was Israel’s goals, it has had it seven times more than what the country suffered in the October 7 attack, and which, in turn, stemmed from what Israel has been doing to Palestinians over the years.
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