The humanitarian situation in theis “shocking”, the head of the said after a visit to a hospital in the embattled territory.
“I saw this dramatic humanitarian situation. There’s an increasing number of women and children being wounded and going to hospitals,” Jakob Kellenberger told reporters in .
“It is shocking. It hurts when you see these wounded people and the types of wounds they have. And I think that in addition the number of people coming to these hospitals is increasing,” he said.
The Red Cross president called for improved access for ambulances inside seeking to recover the wounded and to rescue civilians sheltering from the fighting, saying ‘s daily three-hour pause in operations is “not sufficient.”
“It is a positive step that you have a three-hour stop in the fighting, for doing humanitarian work, but it is not sufficient,” he said.
Kellenberger — who also visited the Israeli border town of Sderot, which has been hit by hundreds of Palestinian rockets since the war began — urged both sides in the conflict to differentiate between militants and civilians.
He said medical supplies are holding up in Gaza, where over 1,000 people have been killed in heavy fighting and aerial bombardments since the December 27 launch of the largest-ever Israeli offensive on the territory.