The United Nations has confirmed that it is not bringing aid into Gaza on Friday due to communication failure with staff on the ground as there is not enough fuel for distribution of food.
Speaking to newsmen, the United Nations relief agent Juliette Touma said the situation can be reversed immediately if communications and fuel were restored.
Five babies were in a very serious condition, Al Shifa hospital compound director Muhammad Abu Salmiya told news men.
“We are trying to keep them alive, wrapping them in cellophane, putting bottles of hot water near them to keep them alive, our attempts are what is keeping them alive.”
Communication with outside organisations had been cut and pleas to evacuate those in most desperate condition had gone unanswered, he said.
It would be recalled that a tanker delivered fuel to Gaza for the first time since the war between Hamas and Israel began in October, but it has already run out and the United Nations World Food Programme says supplies of food and water are practically non-existent as Gazans are now facing the immediate possibility of starvation.