Following the destructive attack on Israel by Hamas on Oct. 7, Israel imposed a complete siege on Gaza, cutting off essential resources like water, food, electricity, and fuel for over two million Palestinians. Thousands of airstrikes were launched, and ground forces were sent in to target Hamas.
The first brief cease-fire in seven weeks of war began on Friday, allowing dozens of trucks with vital aid to enter Gaza as part of a hostage agreement between Israel and Hamas.
Though the aid was still insufficient compared to pre-war levels, and there was uncertainty about its continuation beyond the four-day truce.
Before the cease-fire, minimal humanitarian aid was reaching Gaza, leaving residents in overcrowded spaces struggling to meet their basic needs every day.
Survival has become a dangerous, round-the-clock task.
Residents begin their day before dawn, trying to fetch water, bake bread, and buy essentials to survive.
Unfortunately, not everyone is able to meet their basic needs.
The UN World Food Program reports that only 4% of the population has access to trucked mineral water, and most potable water sources in the north have been exhausted.
Flour is running out, and wheat mills have been targeted, resulting in limited food distribution. The World Food Program warns of widespread hunger and a massive food gap in Gaza.
Market shelves have been depleted of essential items like wheat flour, dairy products, cheese, eggs, and mineral water.