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UN: Gaza conflict has caused severe environmental damage

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

Alongside Israel’s ongoing attacks on Palestinian territory, the United Nations recently declared that the Gaza conflict has inflicted severe environmental damage.

According to a UN report on the environmental impact of war in Gaza, the conflict has caused unprecedented pollution of soil, water, and air in the region.

The UN report highlights that the war has devastated sanitation systems, leaving hundreds of tons of explosive remnants of war scattered across Gaza.

Explosive weapons alone have generated approximately 39 million tons of debris, filling each square meter of Gaza with over 107 kilograms (236 pounds) of rubble—more than five times the debris produced during the Mosul battle in Iraq in 2017.

Meanwhile, the humanitarian crisis in Gaza has worsened significantly due to the conflict. Thousands of families lack adequate shelter, and basic food supplies are dwindling. Medical facilities are overwhelmed and struggling to cope with the increasing number of casualties. Clean water sources are scarce, posing a severe risk of waterborne diseases.

The combination of destruction from airstrikes and the blockade has severely restricted humanitarian aid deliveries, exacerbating the suffering of civilians who are already struggling to survive.

Efforts to provide aid and humanitarian relief face immense challenges amid ongoing hostilities. The international community has called for immediate action to ensure the delivery of essential supplies and the protection of civilians, but logistical and security obstacles continue to impede these efforts.

The situation remains dire, with urgent appeals for ceasefire and humanitarian intervention growing louder as the crisis deepens.

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