Israel-Hamas war: As Qatar says mediation efforts on, Gaza situation worsening by the hour

Humanitarian aid reaching Gaza is also less

Israel Hamas war People react, as wounded Palestinians are brought into Nasser hospital, following Israeli strikes on Ma'an school east of Khan Younis, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza | Reuters

With no ‘safe’ places for the Palestinians to resort to, the situation in Gaza is “getting worse by the hour”. A World Health Organisation (WHO) official said that the situation is deteriorating by the hour with Israel intensifying attacks around the cities of Khan Younis and Rafah.

"The situation is getting worse by the hour," said Richard Peeperkorn, WHO representative on the occupied Palestinian territory.

"There's intensified bombing going on all around, including here in the southern areas, Khan Younis and even in Rafah," he added.

Peeperkon also said that the humanitarian aid reaching Gaza was "way too little".

Meanwhile, offering hope Qatar Prime Minister said that the mediation talks on Gaza was still ongoing with an objective to end the war.

"Qatar continues to make efforts to restore the truce, release hostages, and exchange prisoners,” said sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman al-Thani.

"This is a genocide committed by Israel," said Qatar’s emir.

The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, has described Israel’s military campaign in Gaza as a “genocide” and said it was a disgrace that the international community had not stopped “this heinous crime”.

"Israel’s occupation forces have violated all political, ethical and humanitarian values. It is a disgrace upon the international community to allow this heinous crime to continue," said al-Thani.

Qatar has played a significant role in brokering the temporary truce between Israel and Hamas that paved the way for the release of more than 100 hostages being held in Gaza since the October 7 attacks.

Amid intensifying attacks, Britain is considering sending military support vessel RFA Lyme Bay to provide medical and humanitarian aid in the Middle East, said defence minister Grant Shapps.

"I'm considering whether RFA Lyme Bay can support medical and humanitarian aid provision,” Shapps told lawmakers.

However, Royal Air Force unarmed surveillance aircraft-a Shadow R1 will be conducting surveillance flights over Gaza, Israel and eastern Mediterranean--specially to look for hostages held by Hamas.

Meanwhile, the Hamas-run health ministry said that the death toll rose to 15,899.

UN warns "hellish scenario" in Gaza. Israel also added that it has encricled the Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza with the military claiming it was being used by Hamas as a base.

France has announced it is freezing the assets of Hamas's leader Yahya Sinwar as part of a new wave of sanctions.

Reportedly, Sinwar's funds and economic resources will be frozen for six months. 


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