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.
A convoy carrying 60 tons of aid, including urgently needed medical items, from the ICRC has been mobilised for Gaza, but safe humanitarian access is urgently needed to deliver them to civilians in need.
William Schomburg, the head of sub-delegation for the iCRC in Gaza, speaks from a makeshift camp set up for displaced Palestinians in Rafah, near the Egyptian border, about the humanitarian conditions on the ground.
After devastating floods killed thousands of people in Libya’s northeast, survivors mourn family and friends that perished in the disaster. Thousands of people are displaced and need food, clean water, shelter, and medical supplies. Many are also desperate to have news of their missing loved ones.
The number of people wounded by conflict in Somalia has increased dramatically this year. As hostilities have flared in different parts of the country, ambulance teams from the Somali Red Crescent Society have reported a more than three-fold rise in the number of people requiring treatment for weapon wounds.