Israel has once again launched a forceful assault on Gaza. On Monday, Israeli forces attacked two separate schools in the northern Palestinian enclave, leading to the death of at least 50 people. Those displaced by the violence sought refuge in these specific schools – thereby exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in the region. According to the Palestinian official news agency, WAFA, the attack unfolded on Monday (December 4) in the Daraz area, north of the Gaza Strip.
Despite a three-day ceasefire, Israel continues its offensive against Gaza – thereby impacting not only the northern region, but also the southern population. The indiscriminate assaults extend to mosques, churches, schools, hospitals, and civilian homes, causing widespread devastation. At least 130 health centers in Gaza have been targeted, and 20 hospitals have already been closed.
Since October 7, the Ministry of Health in Gaza reported that at least 15,899 Palestinians lost their lives due to Israeli air and artillery attacks, with 70 percent of the victims being women or children under 18 years old.
Concerns about the conflict’s future intensify as the sounds of war echo across the Middle East region. Tensions run high in the entire region, an active political arena where diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict have proven ineffective.
The aftermath of the prolonged attacks has plunged Gaza into a dire crisis, constituting an unparalleled humanitarian disaster. Following 47 consecutive days of Israeli assaults, a four-day ceasefire was implemented on November 24, brokered by Qatar, Egypt, and the United States. Despite international pressure and proposals from Hamas to extend the ceasefire, Israel resumed its attacks on Gaza starting Friday morning – thereby causing injuries to over 40,000 people.
Our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has put forward five recommendations aimed at halting Israel’s aggressive actions against Palestine. In a televised speech, she emphasised the urgent need to bring an end to Israel’s unilateral war on Palestine, condemning it as both unjust and a clear violation of human rights and international humanitarian law.
Various countries around the world advocate for a two-state solution to address the Palestinian problem. However, concrete steps toward implementing this solution have yet to materialise. At present, achieving Palestinian independence stands out as the sole resolution. The imperative is to redirect from the path of war and conflict and initiate meaningful peace talks to bring lasting stability to the region.