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Growing concerns about number of civilians killed in Gaza and Israel

The intense fighting of the last days has had serious consequences for civilians in the Gaza Strip and in Israel, with hundreds of rockets launched from Gaza and daily Israeli air strikes.

Amidst mounting casualties in Gaza, local hospitals caring for the wounded are under intense pressure.

Elloi Fillion, deputy head of operations for the Near and Middle East at ICRC headquarters, explains that the delivery of medicines and medical materials is for now the priority for our team in Gaza. If hostilities intensify, a shortage is likely and would have dramatic consequences for people in need of medical care.

Our Gaza office is also working - with limited staff due to security - with local water engineers to ensure they can carry out repairs allowing civilians living in areas where infrastructure has been damaged to access clean water.

From a humanitarian standpoint, the continued movement of ambulances and goods into and inside the Strip will be of paramount importance until a ceasefire takes shape or a cessation of hostilities occurs.