France to host humanitarian conference for Gaza on Nov 9.
Focus on fundraising, relief efforts, and essential supply restoration.
Palestinian Authority to attend; Israel not invited.
France is reportedly planning to host an international humanitarian conference for the civilian population in Gaza on November 9, as revealed by three diplomatic sources.
The conference, expected to bring together leaders at the head of state, government, and foreign minister levels, aims to address critical issues such as fundraising, emergency relief efforts, the restoration of water, fuel, and electricity supplies, and the provision of assistance to those injured in Gaza, potentially utilizing maritime corridors for aid transport.
While the Palestinian Authority is expected to participate, it appears that Israel will not be extended an invitation, according to the diplomats.
As of now, France’s foreign ministry has not officially confirmed the event.
In a concerning development, the UN agency responsible for Palestinian refugees has indicated its inability to continue providing shelter and protection to civilians under the UN flag.
Thomas White, the Gaza director of the agency, disclosed in a video address that 38 individuals had lost their lives in UN facilities, and tragically, at least 72 UNRWA staff members have also lost their lives.
“The reality is we’ve lost contact with many of the shelters in the north,” White told member states gathered to listen to a report on the humanitarian situation.
Since the beginning of the conflict, approximately 600,000 individuals in Gaza have sought refuge in UN facilities.
“These are people seeking shelter under a UN flag seeking protection under international humanitarian law,” White said. “Let’s be very clear, there is no place that is safe in Gaza right now.”