TheICRC is seeking to clarify the fate of 23,000 persons whose families have no news, either because they have been captured, killed, or because they lost contact after fleeing their homes. The pain of family separation comes on top of indescribable loss, suffering and rising humanitarian needs two years after the escalation of the armed conflict, including for millions of people displaced, both within and beyond the borders of the two countries.
On 6 February 2023, two earthquakes, each registering a magnitude of 7.8 struck the northwest region of the country. This natural disaster resulted in the tragic loss of thousands of lives and caused injuries to numerous others. Structures were devastated, leaving behind rubble where homes once stood.
Mirjana Spoljaric, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), visited Gaza on Monday to advance efforts that alleviate the devastating humanitarian toll the ongoing conflict is taking on civilians.
The health-care system in Gaza is under severe strain. A convoy of seven vehicles from the ICRC delivering medical supplies to health facilities came under fire on Tuesday, while an ICRC surgeon reports he has no more Vaseline gauze to treat patients with severe burns.
For weeks, forecasts have warned of increased rains due to El Nino this season, with a 90% chance it will trigger severe flooding in the Horn of Africa. In Somalia, where the planting season just started, farmers have barely recovered from one of the harshest droughts in years and yet again find themselves faced with another climatic event they have no control over.