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  • Writer's pictureMuskaan Kapur

Gaza Under Siege: Surviving in the Shadows of Darkness

It has happened

and it goes on happening

and will happen again

if nothing happens to stop it.

- Tadeusz Rozewicz

In the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, Gaza stands as a symbol of resilience amidst an enduring cycle of violence and suffering. Recent events have once again brought Gaza to the forefront, shedding light on the desperate conditions its people endure.

A dire power crisis

Gaza's abrupt plunge into darkness left the world in disbelief. Internet and cellular communications were severed, isolating Gaza from the global community. The sole power plant, a lifeline for its residents, was shut down, leading to a complete blackout. Hospitals, already operating under severe constraints, found themselves unable to perform life-saving surgeries or even keep fragile infants in incubators alive.

The question arises: Can Palestinians endure such dire circumstances?

Families living on borrowed time

In an eerie display of desperation, Gaza families have resorted to wearing identification bracelets and marking their bodies to facilitate identification in the event of their untimely deaths. The constant threat of violence and displacement has forced them to confront the unimaginable: the ever-looming possibility of losing their loved ones.

Eviction notices in Northern Gaza

Adding to the anguish, Israel issued a second round of eviction notices on October 21, urging 1.1 million Palestinians in Northern Gaza to evacuate or face potential violence. The ominous shadow of mass displacement looms, raising concerns about the fate of these vulnerable communities. United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres also indirectly criticized Israel for actions that he believed put civilians at risk. He stated, "protecting civilians does not mean ordering more than one million people to evacuate to the south, where there is no shelter, no food, no water, no medicine, and no fuel, and then continuing to bomb the south itself."

Upholding the rules of warfare

Amid this crisis, it is crucial to reaffirm the principles of war. Wars are governed by rules, and certain acts are universally condemned. There can be no justification for:

1. Deliberately targeting civilians, a blatant disregard for the sanctity of human life.

2. Engaging in indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks, leading to unnecessary suffering.

3. Imposing collective punishments, which unjustly penalize entire populations for the actions of a few.

4. Resorting to hostage-taking, a violation of international norms that endangers innocent lives.

The toll on Palestinian lives

The conflict has taken a devastating toll on Palestinian lives. Over 7,000 Palestinians have lost their lives, with a staggering 70% of these casualties being children and women. This heart-wrenching loss of innocent lives underscores the urgent need for a peaceful resolution to this ongoing crisis.

Unfolding humanitarian catastrophe

The suffering in Gaza is further compounded by alarming statistics:

- Save the Children reports that 95% of Gaza's children suffer from profound psychological distress.

- The World Health Organization has declared that 97% of Gaza's drinking water is unfit for human consumption.

A plea for immediate ceasefire

The continuation of hostilities only perpetuates the suffering of the people in the region, especially the most vulnerable, including children, women, and the elderly. It is of paramount importance that all parties involved come together to negotiate a ceasefire that can alleviate the humanitarian crisis and pave the way for a peaceful resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. The international community plays a pivotal role in facilitating these negotiations and ensuring that the people of Gaza are spared further anguish and hardship. The time has come to prioritize the sanctity of human life and the pursuit of a just and lasting peace in the region.


Gaza continues to stand as a stark reminder of the human cost of the Israel-Palestine conflict. As the world witnesses the deepening suffering of its people, the international community bears the moral responsibility to pursue a peaceful resolution and uphold the principles of justice and human rights. Gaza's survival hinges not only on the resilience of its people but also on the collective commitment to ending the cycle of violence and suffering in the region. Additionally, it's essential to emphasize that the actions taken by Hamas, though criticized, should not be used to justify the collective punishment imposed upon the Palestinian population.


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