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Smoke billows over Gaza as Israeli bombardment enters 100th day

On the eve of the 100th day of Israel’s genocide in the Gaza Strip, the United Nations has called the regime’s brutal onslaught on the besieged Palestinian territory a stain for humanity.

Philippe Lazzarini, who heads the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), made the remarks in a statement on Saturday.

“The massive death, destruction, displacement, hunger, loss, and grief of the last 100 days are staining our shared humanity,” he said.

A picture taken from Rafah shows smoke billowing over Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip during an early morning Israeli bombardment, as the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian fighter group Hamas enters its 100th day on January 14, 2024.—AFP

The relentless Israeli military campaign against Gaza began on October 7 following an operation by the territory’s resistance movements, dubbed Operation al-Aqsa Storm. The regime’s genocidal war has so far killed at least 23,843 people, most of them women and children, while 60,317 others have been wounded.

Israel has also cut off the flow of basic supplies, such as water, electricity, medicine, and fuel, to one of the world’s most densely-populated territories that houses over two million Palestinians.

“The crisis in Gaza is a man-made disaster compounded by dehumanizing language and the use of food, water and fuel as instruments of war,” Lazzarini said.


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