UN aid official visits hard-hit areas in Gaza
A senior UN aid official visiting the rubble-strewn areas of Gaza hit by airstrikes during the fighting between Israel and Hamas, called on both sides to observe a ceasefire to allow the teams aid agencies to assess the damage. The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the Palestinian Territories, visited the affected areas during the 11 days of fighting and spoke with survivors in the badly damaged Wehda Street, where Palestinian health officials said 42 people had been killed, including 22 members of the same family. The military said its plane targeted a tunnel system used by Hamas, the Islamist group that runs Gaza, and this caused buildings above to collapse. It was a building where I just met the father and daughter of a family of seven, the other five family members died, they were all civilians so you can see it’s not fair one of the damage to infrastructure, but it is the loss of entire families. I have spoken to families here, and what they all said is that they have no hope, that they feel that they have no control over their lives and that their situation is, according to a helpless woman. US President Joe Biden has said Washington will work with UN agencies to speed up humanitarian aid to Gaza, “in a way that does not allow Hamas to simply replenish its military arsenal.” Hastings said that Appropriate mechanisms, including the “Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism”, were already in place and had been active since a war in 2014.