More than 1.5 million people are displaced in Gaza and there is a shortage of food and medicine, an emergency of overcrowding and a serious lack of hygiene. The current ceasefire has allowed some 200 trucks a day carrying humanitarian aid to enter the Strip, but humanitarian agencies say much more needs to be done.

Although the extension of the truce in Gaza has allowed new trucks of humanitarian aid to enter, the situation remains “catastrophic,” the World Food Program (WFP) has announced, stressing that “there is a risk of famine.” The World Health Organization (WHO) has also stated that it has found a “sharp increase” in some contagious diseases, including among children. “Given the living conditions and the lack of health care, more people could die from disease than from bombing,” denounced the Secretary General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The Pope, and the entire Church with him, is appealing for peace, due to the drama in the Middle East: “Let the truce in Gaza continue, let all hostages be released and let access to aid be allowed”. Together with this, the invitation not to forget Ukraine “which is suffering so much, still at war”.