By Hannah Nathan
Tension continued to be heightened in the middle East following the Isreal and Hamas war. The United Nations has put death tolls of the war to be closely 10,000.
Workers of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) agency talk together in the playground of an UNRWA-run school that has been converted into a shelter for displaced Palestinians in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on October 25, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Mahmud HAMS / AFP)
The United Nations had warned of a potential civil unrest as the death toll in Gaza amid the ongoing Israeli-Hamas war nears 10, 000.
The Health Ministry in Gaza, on Sunday, reported that death toll had risen to 8,005, including 3,342 children, since the war began on October 7.
The attack, when Hamas militants stormed across the Gaza border and went on the rampage in Israel, killed 1,400 people, with 230 others kidnapped, Israeli officials said.
According to the United Nations, “civil order” was starting to collapse in Gaza after thousands of people ransacked its food warehouses in the war-torn Palestinian territory, AFP reported.
The UN Relief Agency for Palestinian Refugees said wheat, flour, and other supplies had been pillaged at several warehouses.
“This is a worrying sign that civil order is starting to break down after three weeks of war and a tight siege,” said UNRWA’s Gaza chief, Thomas White.
One of the warehouses in the central town of Deir al-Balah had been used to store supplies from humanitarian convoys that began crossing into Gaza from Egypt on October 21, it said.
“Thousands of people broke into several UNRWA warehouses and distribution centres in the middle and southern areas of the Gaza Strip, taking wheat flour and other basic survival items like hygiene supplies,” UNRWA said.
Israel also imposed a total blockade on normal food, water, medicine, and fuel deliveries into Gaza, with the first convoy of humanitarian aid entering only two weeks later.
Since then, UNRWA says 84 aid trucks have crossed into Gaza, but aid agencies say the numbers are far too low. Before the conflict, UN figures showed an average of 500 trucks a day entering Gaza.
“Supplies on the market are running out while the humanitarian aid coming into the Gaza Strip on trucks from Egypt is insufficient,” said White.
“The needs of the communities are immense, if only for basic survival, while the aid we receive is meager and inconsistent,” said the UN official.
Russian envoy summoned
Russia’s ambassador to Israel, Anatoly Viktorov, was summoned by the Foreign Ministry on Sunday in light of a recent visit by a Hamas delegation to Moscow.
The deputy director of the Eurasia Division at the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Simona Halperin, stressed that Israel views as serious the lack of unequivocal and clear condemnation by Russia of Hamas and Russia’s conduct in international organisations, The Jerusalem Post reported.
“Hosting the leaders of Hamas, who are directly responsible for the murderous terrorist attack on October 7, for the kidnapping of hostages, and the bloodshed of over 1,400 Israelis, conveys a message of legitimacy for terrorism against Israelis,” said the Foreign Ministry.
Rioters storm airport
Local residents in Makhachkala in the Russian Republic of Dagestan stormed an airport in the city in an attempt to attack any Jew who arrived on a flight from Tel Aviv on Sunday, according to reports from Russian media.
The Jerusalem Post added that footage reportedly from the scene shared on local Telegram channels showed rioters stopping cars in order to check the documents of passengers to ensure they were not Israeli or Jewish.
The Russian state-owned RIA Novosti outlet reported that police officers and the National Guard were present at the scene while the riots took place and that the airport had been closed due to the entry of rioters to the airport.