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.
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.
New drone technology using AI has been developed to detect landmines and explosive remnants of war, a technological development that will help speed up mine detection and clearance in the coming years.
In Iraq, Syria and Yemen, the effects of climate change are being amplified by the consequences of armed conflict. Communities that suffered the direct effects of conflict are disproportionately impacted.