WHO Chief Says, “We Have Lost Touch With Our Staff,” Following Israel’s Expansion of Ground Operation

According to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health agency, the agency has lost contact with its employees, medical institutions, healthcare providers, and the other humanitarian partners it has in Gaza. He demanded that all civilians be immediately protected and that humanitarian access be granted. “We have lost touch with our staff in Gaza, with health facilities, health workers, and the rest of our humanitarian partners on the ground,” Ghebreyesus said, speaking to X.

Catherine Russell, the executive director of Unicef, said that the organization had lost contact with its colleagues in Gaza. Russell said on X, “We have lost contact with our colleagues in Gaza.” I’m very worried about their security and that of the one million youngsters in Gaza who will endure yet another terrible night. Protection for all humanitarians, as well as the kids and families they assist, is essential.

On the Gaza Strip border, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are exchanging gunfire with Palestinian terrorists while announcing an extended ground invasion into the territory.

The armed branch of Hamas, Al-Qassam Brigades, said in a statement on Friday that “violent clashes are taking place on the ground as we confront an Israeli ground incursion into Beit Hanoun and east of Bureij.”

According to Xinhua news agency, Beit Hanoun is located in the northwest of the Palestinian enclave, while Bureij is located in the center of the Gaza Strip.

“IDF ground forces are extending their ground activities this evening, following the activities which were carried out over the last few days,” an IDF spokeswoman stated to the Xinhua news agency.

Witnesses in Gaza told Xinhua that there has been continuous, intense Israeli bombing, and local media claimed that Palestinian militants have launched a barrage of rockets toward Israeli tanks stationed near the border.

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