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Gaza: Risk of Cholera Outbreak as Palestinians Forced to Drink Contaminated Water Amid Israel’s Total Siege

There are also at least 50,000 registered pregnant women in Gaza who are currently unable to obtain basic health services, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). At least 5,500 of these women are due to give birth this month.

There are also at least 50,000 registered pregnant women in Gaza who are currently unable to obtain basic health services, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). At least 5,500 of these women are due to give birth this month.

As Israel’s total siege and genocidal bombardment of Gaza continues into its second week, the numbers and statistics speak for themselves.

Here are the most updated statistics on what is happening in Gaza, as of 5 pm on the 16th of October:

  • 2808 Palestinians have been killed so far in Gaza from Israeli air strikes. This includes at least 724 children and 458 women.
  • 10,859 Palestinians have been wounded from Israel’s bombardment, which includes at least 2,000 children and 1,400 women.
  • In the West Bank and Jerusalem, at least 56 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers – 17 of whom are children. An additional 1,200 have been wounded and injured.
  • 11 Palestinian journalists have been killed by Israeli air strikes, with at least 20 more people injured. The offices of at least 50 local and international media organizations have been targeted, which include Al Jazeera, AFP, Ma’an News Agency, and Al-Quds Newspaper.
  • Israel has been documented to target ambulances in Gaza, the most recent being an ambulance that was bombed in Gaza that was carrying wounded children. According to the World Health Organization, at least 20 ambulances have been directly targeted so far.
  • There are at least 50,000 registered pregnant women in Gaza who are currently unable to obtain basic health services, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). At least 5,500 of these women are due to give birth this month. UNFPA’s representative for Palestine, Dominic Allen, has stated that the healthcare system is on the verge of total collapse.
  • The lack of drinking water in Gaza due to Israel’s total siege and cutting off water pipelines is pushing people to drink contaminated water, with UNRWA stating that the concern is severe of a cholera outbreak or other forms of waterborne diseases. The last functioning seawater desalination plant in Gaza shut down on Sunday, due to the lack of fuel caused by Israel’s blockade.
  • The UN has estimated that at least 600,000 Palestinians have been displaced as a direct result of Israel’s air raids and bombing of Gaza
  • The International Centre of Justice for Palestine (ICJP), a legal organization based in the UK, has announced its decision to prosecute UK government officials over complicity in Israeli war crimes in Gaza. In their open letter, they stated: “Following public statements by senior members of the Labour Party providing unequivocal support for Israeli military action in Gaza and failing to condemn Israeli aggression as amounting to breaches of international criminal law, we put the Labour Party’s Leadership on notice that we intend to bring legal proceedings against politicians in the UK and elsewhere where there is evidence that they have aided, abetted or in any other way supported, encouraged or provided material assistance in the commission of a war crime.”

Sources found here.

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