#RedCross head says people in #Palestine, #Israel traumatized
The International Red Cross head said Thursday after a visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory that residents are traumatized after the 11-day escalation which ended in a cease-fire last month.
“I visited Gaza yesterday and the south of Israel today,” said Robert Mardini, the director-general of Red Cross, in a statement.
“The trauma in this region grows after each new round of hostilities. People remain wary of what’s to come.”
He said people shared profound fatigue, hopelessness, and an inability to see a better future for the younger generations.
“The humanitarian aid that residents in Gaza need now cannot prevent a nearly inevitable return to nights filled with terror at some point in the near or distant future,”
Mardini said the terror could only end “with political solutions.”
“I have conveyed to both sides our offer to be a neutral intermediary should there be a negotiated exchange for detainees or human remains. Families have the right to know, to grieve, and to move on with their lives,” said Mardini.
He added that international humanitarian law has to be restored to address the legal and humanitarian impacts of occupation policies on the Palestinian population.
Red Cross teams recently reached Gaza to bring in extra medical supplies to support a fragile health system under immense strain and also simultaneously coping with the spread of COVID-19.
Mardini said the teams are assisting families who have lost homes and access to water and electricity, focusing on long-term needs like rebuilding infrastructure and crucial mental health support.
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