As the conflict between Israel and Hamas enters its 40th day, the Palestinian Ambassador to Nigeria, Abdullah Shawesh, held a press conference in Abuja yesterday, providing a grim update on the situation.
Ambassador Shawesh condemned the airstrikes on hospitals in Gaza, attributing the blame to Israel. He also emphasized the urgent need for humanitarian aid while advocating for an unconditional ceasefire to halt the escalating violence.
In his impassioned address, Ambassador Shawesh revealed a staggering casualty toll among Palestinians, stating that over 12,000 individuals, the majority of whom were children and women, have tragically lost their lives due to the ongoing conflict. He further disclosed that more than 2,000 Palestinians remained missing, raising concerns about their fate.
One of the most distressing aspects highlighted by the diplomat was the plight of those who had perished but were yet to receive a proper burial. According to Ambassador Shawesh, “Hundreds of bodies of Palestinian victims are decomposing in the courtyard of Al-Shifa Hospital, on the streets, and under the rubble of bombed structures. There are no opportunities to bury them with the respect they deserve, compounding the tragedy.”
Additionally, Ambassador Shawesh provided updates on the situation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, where Israeli occupying forces and settlers have intensified their violence against Palestinian civilians. The casualty toll in these areas has also risen, adding to the already devastating impact of the conflict.
In response to Ambassador Shawesh’s statements, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a defiant warning. Netanyahu declared, “There is no safe place for the Hamas militants behind the October 7 attacks, and there is no place in Gaza where the army won’t reach.”
He cited previous military successes in reaching Gaza City and Al-Shifa Hospital, emphasizing the determination of Israeli forces to confront the ongoing security threats.
The conflict between Israel and Hamas has drawn international attention and condemnation, with calls for an immediate ceasefire and renewed diplomatic efforts to bring an end to the violence.
As the conflict’s duration continues to mount, the humanitarian crisis in the region continues to worsen, making it increasingly imperative for all parties involved to seek a peaceful resolution to the ongoing hostilities.