OIC Observatory Warns that Gaza Enters Most Critical Humanitarian Phase Since October 7

OIC headquarters in Jeddah.
OIC headquarters in Jeddah.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) Media Observatory for Israel's Crimes against Palestinians has warned that Gaza Strip has reached a highly critical stage since mid-June 2024, most severe compared to previous months.

The OIC Observatory has highlighted three significant factors contributing to Gaza's current dire humanitarian situation: the ongoing aggression by Israeli forces against Gaza Strip, with complete control over the region and continuous military operations; extensive destruction of around 70% of Gaza's urban infrastructure, including vital water and sanitation networks, and roads, along with severe damage to the healthcare sector, which made most areas of Gaza unviable; limited entry of humanitarian aid, fuel, and water, which exacerbates the sector's challenges, hindering any potential recovery and intensifying the devastating effects of the existing humanitarian crises.

Moreover, "it became clear from the daily statistics of the numbers of murdered and wounded and the targeting areas that Israel seeks to turn this hell into a daily reality in the Gaza Strip that does not foretell an imminent end to it, and that direct murdering constitutes part of a harsher collective punishment", the OIC Observatory stated.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, after nearly nine months of continuous war, 67% of the water and sanitation facilities in Gaza Strip have been destroyed.

This widespread destruction has resulted in the spread of infectious diseases, particularly during the hot summer months, along with contamination of drinking water. The Khan Yunis municipality, for example, has confirmed the destruction of 170-200 kilometers of water networks.