GENEVA / GAZA TRUCE

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A UN humanitarian said that after a four-day-day pause in fighting between Israel and Hamas, which started on Friday at 7 am local time, trucks carrying humanitarian deliveries entered the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing from Egypt, bringing respite to the Gazans in the devastated Palestinian enclave. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / GAZA TRUCE
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DATELINE: 24 NOVEMBER 2023, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE

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FILE – GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Exterior shot, exterior, UN building with UN flag

24 NOVEMBER 2023, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, spokesperson, journalists, screens, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Jens Laerke, Spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“The United Nations can confirm that, as I speak, trucks with humanitarian supplies continue to cross into Gaza through the Rafah crossing point. We hope the agreement between Israel and Hamas, now in force, will bring respite to the people of Gaza and Israel and some relief to the hostages and detainees who will be released and to their families. We hope it allows grieving families to honor their dead and bury them with dignity. And we hope that this humanitarian pause leads to a longer-term humanitarian cease-fire for the benefit of the people of Gaza, Israel, and beyond.”
4. Wide shot, spokesperson, journalists, screens, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Jens Laerke, Spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“We need access across the Gaza Strip, especially in the north. That's where the damage and the humanitarian needs are the greatest. So, we continue to call for access to reach all parts of Gaza.”
6. Wide shot, spokesperson, journalists, screens, press briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Jens Laerke, Spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“It is very important to get fuel in, to be able to operate any machinery that will be required to get people out, out of the rubble. We see that in all kinds of situations where you have massive infrastructural damage and collapse.”
8. Wide shot, spokesperson, journalists, screens, press briefing room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Christian Lindmeier, spokesperson, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We're working on further evacuations from hospitals as soon as possible to remind you that on 22 November, together with the Palestine Red Crescent Society, WHO joint, a led joint UN mission, evacuate 151 patients, relatives, and health workers accompanying them from Al-Shifa Hospital in northern Gaza. This was undertaken specifically following requests from health authorities and hospital officials in Gaza.”
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11. SOUNDBITE (English) Christian Lindmeier, spokesperson, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We're extremely concerned about the safety of the estimated 100 patients and health workers remaining at Al-Shifa, and due to the limited time that the mission members were able to spend in the hospital and the urgency of moving the most critical, it was difficult to determine exactly how many remain.”
12. Various shots, technicians, journalists

STORYLINE:
A UN humanitarian said that after a four-day-day pause in fighting between Israel and Hamas, which started on Friday (24 Nov) at 7 am local time, trucks carrying humanitarian deliveries entered the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing from Egypt, bringing respite to the Gazans in the devastated Palestinian enclave.


“The United Nations can confirm that, as I speak, trucks with humanitarian supplies continue to cross into Gaza through the Rafah crossing point,” said Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordination Office (OCHA).

“We hope the agreement between Israel and Hamas now in force will bring respite to the people of Gaza and Israel and some relief to the hostages and detainees who will be released and to their families.”

As the death toll in the enclave passed 14,800 as of Thursday evening, according to Gaza’s Government Media Office quoted by OCHA, thousands of people are estimated to be trapped under the ruins of their houses.

Laerke said, “We hope that the truce will allow grieving families to honor the dead and bury them with dignity, and we hope that this humanitarian pause leads to a longer-term humanitarian cease-fire for the benefit of the people of Gaza, Israel, and beyond.”

UN had repeatedly stressed that the humanitarian agencies needed access all over the Strip, including in the north, where needs were the largest.

It was expected that people in need would be reached wherever they were, but it was still too early to confirm when that would be possible.


OCHA’s spokesperson reiterated the importance of getting “access across the Gaza Strip, especially in the north. That's where the damage and the humanitarian needs are the greatest. So, we continue to call for access to reach all parts of Gaza.”


OCHA reported that 75,000 litres of fuel entered Gaza from Egypt on Thursday, following an Israeli decision from 18 November to “allow the daily entry of small amounts of fuel for essential humanitarian operations.”

The UN Office said last week that some 200,000 litres of fuel per day were needed.


“It is very important to get fuel in, to be able to operate any machinery that will be required to get people out of the rubble,” stressed Laerke.

“We see that in all kinds of situations where you have massive infrastructural damage and collapse.”

Welcoming the humanitarian pause, although more was needed, UN health agency (WHO) spokesperson Christian Lindmeier said, “We're working on further evacuations from hospitals as soon as possible.”

He reminded that “on 22 November, together with the Palestine Red Crescent Society, a joint UN mission evacuated 151 patients, relatives, and health workers accompanying them from our chief hospital in northern Gaza. This was undertaken specifically following requests from health authorities and hospitals and hospital officials in Gaza.”

This was the third mission to Al-Shifa carried out by WHO and partners in less than a week; the first had been an assessment mission on 18 November and the second an evacuation mission to transport 31 infants on 19 November.

WHO was working on further evacuations from hospitals.

“We are extremely concerned about the safety of the estimated 100 patients and health workers remaining at al-Shifa, and due to the limited time that the mission members were able to spend in the hospital and the urgency of moving the most critical, it was difficult to determine exactly how many remain”, said Lindmeier.


Out of 24 hospitals operating in the north prior to the war, 22 are either out of service or unable to admit new patients, while of the 11 medical facilities in the south, eight are functional.

WHO said that of those, only one has the capacity to treat critical trauma cases or perform complex surgery.
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