“RED-HOT Death, it’s killing us”; Two Children Die Due to Rising Heat in Gaza

Two children have reportedly died due to an unusual heatwave in the besieged Gaza Strip, while the Palestinian Health Ministry warned that unsafe drinking water is putting residents’ lives at risk.

“As temperature rises, life conditions in Gaza worsen,” the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) stated on X on Sunday.

Philippe Lazzarini, UNRWA Commissioner-General, said: “We received reports that at least two children died due to the heat.”

The Palestinian Health Ministry said on Saturday that with the closure of the public health laboratory and the inability to test drinking water, as well as Israel’s “prohibition on the entry of chlorine” or any alternative for treating drinking water, “all citizens of the Gaza Strip are consuming unsafe water, putting their lives at risk.”

The ministry also warned of the spread of diseases resulting from the overflow of sewage water and the accumulation of waste in the streets and among the tents of the displaced.”

This is in addition to “the spread of reptiles and insects, and rising temperatures.”

Currently on trial before the International Court of Justice for genocide against Palestinians, Israel has been waging a devastating war on Gaza since October 7.

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 34,454 Palestinians have been killed, and 77,575 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

Moreover, at least 7,000 people are unaccounted for, presumed dead under the rubble of their homes throughout the Strip.

Palestinian and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

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