Israel agrees to partially restore Gaza water supply; forces await nod for ground attack

Aid agencies describe the situation in Gaza as ‘catastrophic’

Israel-troops-near-Gaza-border-afp Israeli army armoured vehicles roll towards the border with the Gaza Strip at an undisclosed location in southern Israel | AFP

Israel has agreed to restore water supply in parts of south Gaza in the wake of thousands of people, along with their families, flee from north seeking safety. Israel Energy Minister on Sunday said that decision was taken to renew water supply to parts of southern Gaza. The decision was agreed between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and United States President Joe Biden.

Meanwhile, the Israel troops await nod from the government for ground attack. Over 30,000 Israeli soldiers were deployed along the Gaza border. Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) had said that they are planning a ‘significant operation’ with at least 10,000 soldiers advancing towards Gaza.

Ahead of the ground attack, staff and personnel working with the United Nations agency said that the situation in Gaza Strip is ‘catastrophic’.

"Please save Gaza, I beg you, save Gaza. It's dying. It's dying. It's dying, Rawya Halas, head of the UNRWA shelter in Khan Younis, Gaza, said in a video posted by UNRWA on X.

"The situation we are in now is unprecedented and cannot be described with words,” Halas said in the video adding that 15,000 Palestinian refugees are in the shelter. "They left their homes without food or drink,” she said.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden said that he has spoken with the Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas and assured him humanitarian support.

Since the Hamas rained down 5,000 rockets towards Israel on October 7, the age-old Israel-Palestine conflict escalated to be one of its deadliest battle in recent times.

With strikes and counterstrikes between Israel and Gaza intensifying, Palestinians are caught in the middle struggling to get to a safe place. Fear of death looms everyone leaving their homes with ‘safe routes’ being unsafe with repeated Israeli airstrikes. The ongoing attacks had already claimed around 4,000 lives from both sides.

Even as the diplomacy talks are going on with United States meeting the Middle-East leaders, nothings seems to be stopping Israel from launching its ground offensive attacks.

Meanwhile, with Iran's warning of joining the conflict if the violence continues and Hezbollah's strikes, Middle-East conflict is likely to escalate. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told U.S. broadcaster CBS that "there is a risk of an escalation of this conflict, the opening of a second front in the north and, of course, Iran's involvement."

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