On Saturday, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said it was likely that maternal and newborn deaths in the Gaza Strip would increase due to “lack of access to adequate care.”
The agency wrote in a series of posts on its account on the “X” platform that “women, children, and newborns across Gaza bear the disproportionate burden of the escalation of hostilities.”
It added: We expect maternal and newborn deaths in Gaza to increase due to “lack of access to adequate care.”
It stressed that “the death toll in Gaza has become staggering, while the tragedy continues.”
It noted that “the lack of supplies, continuous bombing, and communications outages make humanitarian relief very difficult.”
UNRWA confirmed that “queuing up to get bread has become worrying and unsafe after Israel bombed about 10 bakeries in Gaza.”
For 29 days, the Israeli army has been waging a war on the Gaza Strip, which has resulted in the death and injury of thousands of Palestinians, most of them civilians, and has caused a catastrophic humanitarian situation, according to warnings issued by international institutions.