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UN Humanitarian Work in Gaza at Risk as Fuel Shortage Persists
The United Nations’ efforts to support Palestinian civilians in Gaza are in jeopardy due to a severe fuel shortage, putting countless lives at risk. This alarming situation has sparked concern from Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Mélanie Joly, who insists that civilians must be protected, and essential supplies like food, fuel, and water must be allowed to enter Gaza to ensure the continuation of the UN’s life-saving work.
Tensions between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip have been escalating, contributing to the fuel shortage crisis. The conflict intensified after Hamas carried out attacks on Israeli civilians, resulting in the deaths of 1,200 people and the taking of approximately 240 hostages. In response, Israel launched retaliatory airstrikes on Gaza, causing the deaths of over 11,200 people. The Israeli military also initiated a ground offensive that is still ongoing.
Amidst the heightened violence, many individuals connected to Canada are desperately seeking to leave Gaza. However, nowhere within the territory is deemed safe according to the UN. Pressure has been mounting on the Canadian government to call for a ceasefire that would allow for the safe evacuation of civilians and the delivery of much-needed humanitarian aid.
Foreign Minister Joly advocated for humanitarian pauses in the bombardments in her statement, but did not explicitly mention a ceasefire. The Canadian government has been actively assisting Canadians, permanent residents, and their eligible family members affected by the conflict. So far, 356 Canadians and their relatives have been successfully evacuated from Gaza, with ongoing efforts to bring the remaining individuals to safety.
The Canadian government is also involved in negotiations for the safe return of hostages who were taken during last month’s attack and are now believed to be in Gaza. Julie Sunday, Canada’s senior official for hostage affairs, has been in Qatar engaging in negotiations with partners in the Middle East. She recently visited Israel and Egypt to facilitate the release of Israeli hostages. Unfortunately, one Canadian, Vivian Silver, who was thought to be held hostage, has been confirmed deceased. Additionally, a 19-year-old soldier who had been taken hostage has also been killed, with conflicting reports on the cause of death from Israel and Hamas.
The ongoing fuel shortage poses a critical challenge to the UN’s humanitarian work in Gaza. It is crucial for all parties involved to prioritize the protection of civilians and allow for the necessary supplies to reach Gaza. The Canadian government remains committed to ensuring the safety of its citizens and facilitating the return of hostages to their families. Immediate attention and concerted efforts are needed to alleviate the suffering and ensure the well-being of the affected population in Gaza.