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Palestinian Death Toll Skyrockets, Women and Children Bear the Brunt

The ongoing conflict in Gaza has escalated into a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented scale. The Israeli offensive has resulted in the death of at least 34,844 Palestinians, with a staggering 70% of the casualties being babies, children, and women. Over 78,404 individuals have been wounded, and it is feared that more than 10,000 people are buried under the ruins of bombed homes.

The war, which many countries and genocide experts describe as having genocidal proportions, has caused widespread destruction and shortages of necessities in Gaza. The Israeli-imposed blockade has left the enclave’s 2.4 million population, particularly those in northern Gaza, in a state of starvation.

The International Court of Justice has accused Israel of genocide. An interim ruling in January deemed it “plausible” that Israel is committing genocide in Gaza. The court ordered Tel Aviv to cease such acts and ensure the provision of humanitarian assistance to Gaza’s civilians.

Aid agencies have expressed grave concerns about the potential launch of a full-scale ground invasion of Rafah by Israel. Such an operation would result in increased suffering and death for the 1.2 million displaced Palestinians seeking shelter in and around the city, warns OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke.

Northern Gaza is already experiencing a “full-blown famine,” which is rapidly spreading across the strip, according to a warning issued by the World Food Programme over the weekend.

Recent developments indicate that the US has acknowledged the civilian deaths caused by its heavy bombs used in Gaza’s densely populated cities. In a significant move, US President Joe Biden has halted the supply of these bombs, which military experts say turn "earth into liquid".

Israel has initiated limited military operations in Rafah, leading to the Biden administration halting a military aid delivery of bombs. This development comes amidst growing international concern over the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Muslim parents have expressed worry that innocent comments on the Gaza conflict could lead to their children being brought before Prevent. This highlights the far-reaching impacts of the conflict, affecting not just those in the region but also individuals worldwide.

The situation in Gaza remains dire, with the conflict causing widespread destruction and loss of life. The international community continues to monitor the situation closely, calling for an end to the violence and the provision of necessary humanitarian aid to the affected population. The hope is for a swift resolution that prioritizes the safety and well-being of the innocent civilians caught in the crossfire.

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