The sole power plant in Gaza ceased operation due to fuel shortages caused by Israel’s complete embargo on the area following a Hamas attack on Israeli cities. As a result of this blockade, the Gaza Strip is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis due to the impending shutdown of the power plant.
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has vowed to launch a ground offensive in response to the surprise attack by Hamas. Amid the blockade, Gaza is expected to lose access to power within hours due to a lack of fuel for the power plant.
Palestine has accused Israel of deploying internationally banned white phosphorus bombs in the Karama neighborhood of the Gaza Strip, while Israel has pledged to escalate its response with a ground offensive.
The use of white phosphorus weapons to create a smokescreen and cover troop movements is allowed under international law, but it is prohibited in densely populated areas according to the 1980 Geneva Convention.
The Israeli military stated that dozens of fighter jets struck over 200 targets in a Gaza City neighborhood used by Hamas to launch attacks. Gaza’s health ministry reported significant casualties, with hundreds of people killed and wounded.
The only power plant in Gaza ran out of fuel and stopped functioning, exacerbating the region’s crisis. The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees has limited supplies of food and water to assist the displaced Palestinians in Gaza.
Fears of a regional conflict have grown with the anticipation of an Israeli ground incursion into Gaza, where Hamas initiated its attack. International NGOs have issued warnings about the dire health and humanitarian situation in Gaza.
The Israeli army has called up reservists and deployed heavy armor near Gaza and the northern border with Lebanon. It claims to have regained control of border areas from Hamas.
Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza’s Rafah border crossing with Egypt multiple times in the past 24 hours.