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At least 300,000 displaced in Gaza amid blackout, Israeli bombardment

The situation in Gaza continues to deteriorate as the health sector collapses and bodies begin piling up in front of hospitals.
A man transports an injured Palestinian baby into Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City following an Israeli airstrike, October 11, 2023.

Three days into the Israeli siege and bombardment, the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is quickly worsening, with the death toll now over 1,400 and the number of displaced surpassing 300,000. 

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) described the Hamas-Israeli escalation as “abhorrent.”

“As Gaza loses power, hospitals lose power, putting newborns in incubators and elderly patients on oxygen at risk. Kidney dialysis stops, and X-rays can’t be taken. Without electricity, hospitals risk turning into morgues,” Fabrizio Carboni, the ICRC’s regional director for the Near and Middle East, said in a statement on Thursday.

Meanwhile, more than 650,000 people have been affected by water shortages resulting from Israeli actions, according to the United Nations.

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