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Good morning, this is Paula. As fighting intensifies in Israel and Palestinian territories, Geneva’s international human rights and aid groups report on how the conflict is affecting people’s lives and the challenges ahead.

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A Palestinian woman reacts as they inspect the rubble in the Al-Ramal neighbourhood in Gaza City, following Israeli air strikes, 10 October 2023. (Keystone/EPA/Mohammed Saber)

Israel-Gaza: UN agencies huddle to respond to unfolding humanitarian crisis. As fighting intensified on Tuesday, days after a surprise attack by Palestinian militant group Hamas on Israel, the United Nations headquarters in Geneva provided a look into the humanitarian needs and recalled international humanitarian law obligations as violations mount. The cash-strapped UN Palestinian refugee agency, Unrwa, said the huge number of displaced people in Gaza is making its response increasingly challenging, while Médecins Sans Frontières spoke of the difficult conditions its staff are operating in amid the Israeli siege of the enclave.

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