As the reported death toll among Palestinians surpassed 10,000, heads of UN agencies and humanitarian organizations voiced their outrage and demanded an immediate cease-fire in Gaza.
On October 7, during a surprise attack on Israel, Hamas killed nearly 1,400 people, prompting officials at the United Nations to voice their alarm.
According to the Health Ministry in Hamas-controlled Gaza, over 10,000 Palestinians have been killed in the conflict between Israel and Hamas, including over 4,000 children and minors.
More and more federal workers are speaking out against US support for Israel’s military incursion in the region, and hundreds of USAID employees have signed a statement calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.
A letter was circulated last week and, by Wednesday, had collected 1,000 signatures. Officials from several USAID divisions and embassies worldwide have put their names here.
An anonymous USAID staff member who helped draft the letter said they were disappointed that the United States had vetoed a resolution calling for a temporary pause to the fighting in the United Nations Security Council. The employee stressed the futility of sending help to Gaza unless the war stops.
Since Israeli soldiers have tightened security in the West Bank, settler violence against Palestinians has intensified.
In addition to its bombing campaign over the past month, the Israeli government has put severe restrictions on the flow of food, water, and gasoline into Gaza. Defence Minister Yoav Gallant pledged to conduct a thorough siege on the land, adding that his country is warring against human beasts.
U.S. President Joe Biden has rejected calls for a ceasefire while reiterating the United States’ unwavering support for Israel, deepening the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
Multiple White House statements have made clear that the administration is not establishing any red lines that would limit Israel’s military operations.
Rights groups and the UN have urged Israel to cease the bombing, which has attacked hospitals, refugee camps, churches, mosques, and schools, sheltering civilians.
It’s been reported that Hamas hides its munitions and leaders in hospitals, schools, and mosques.
It’s also been noted that an Israeli ceasefire was in place on October 6th.