100 days of Israel-Gaza war, UN declares the horrors of the war as ‘staining humanity’

The Israel-Gaza conflict has reached a point where the toll it is taking on civilians and their basic rights. Philippe Lazzarini, the head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, on his visit to the Gaza Strip, said, “The massive death, destruction, displacement, hunger, loss, and grief of the last 100 days are staining our shared humanity.”

As the Israel-Gaza conflict enters its 100th day, the United Nations (UN) has issued a stark condemnation, declaring the horrors of the ongoing war as “staining humanity”. The conflict, which erupted over longstanding territorial disputes and accelerated into a full-scale war, has seen widespread destruction and loss of civilian lives.

The terrifying conflict has released a humanitarian crisis in Gaza and also fear leading to regional escalation after the British forces and the U.S. on Friday struck Houthi rebels in Yemen, followed by the Red Sea shipping attacks.

The war that was provoked on October 7 shook the entire world. The Hamas militants launched attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip. According to an Agence France–Presse (AFP) tally based on official figures, this attack resulted in about 1140 deaths of people in Israel. Along with the people who died, Hamas also took 250 hostages. Post this deadly attack Israel committed to counterattack. According to the recent tolls from the territory’s health ministry, Israel counter-attacked and killed almost 23,843 people.

The Israel-Gaza conflict has reached a point where the toll it is taking on civilians and their basic rights. Philippe Lazzarini, the head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, on his visit to the Gaza Strip, said, “The massive death, destruction, displacement, hunger, loss, and grief of the last 100 days are staining our shared humanity.” Lazzarini also notified that an entire generation of children in Gaza was being “traumatized”, diseases were spreading and the clock was “ticking fast towards famine.

This week the International Court of Justice heard the arguments of South Africa against Israel accusing it of causing genocide in Gaza and breaching the UN genocide convention. Israel stated that the attacks were in self-defence and were not aimed at residents of Palestine.

The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel will achieve its aim to destroy Hamas. In a televised press conference, referring to the Iran–aligned axis of resistance groups in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu said, “No one will stop us – not the Hague, not the Axis of Evil and no one else.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu also added by saying, “It is possible and necessary to continue until victory and we will do it”. Israel grew concern for those who were held hostages in Gaza as they reached their captivity of 100th day.

Amidst the horrifying conditions of the war and the dreadful humanitarian situations in Gaza, the UN estimates around 1.9 million people, which is around 85 per cent of the population have been displaced. The UN’s condemnation comes amid growing international pressure on Israel and Hamas to de-escalate tensions and engage in meaningful negotiations.