The temporary ceasefire declared in Gaza has provided some relief from the intense fighting, allowing vital humanitarian aid to enter the enclave and medical assistance to be given to those in need, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
In a statement posted on his X account on Monday, November 27, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the break in military operations over the past days has allowed millions of people in Gaza "the chance to look to the sky without fear of rockets streaking their way."
He said the ceasefire "has brought some relief" by facilitating the entry of "limited amounts of medical supplies, fuel and food" into Gaza. However, "much more is needed" to address the immense humanitarian needs on the ground.
Dr. Tedros added: "It has enabled health workers, WHO and partners to support the ailing, injured and terrified. But much more assistance is needed."
The WHO chief also noted the temporary truce has provided an opportunity to "assess the immense needs in hospitals, and how to urgently stockpile them with medical supplies and more." It could also help "reversing the dire hygiene challenges in the Strip."
However, he warned that "if military operations resume, so will the casualties, suffering, drastic supply shortages, and despair."
Dr. Tedros reiterated, "The only response is sustained ceasefire. Now. The only lasting solution is peace."
A four-day cease-fire between Israel and Hamas began Friday, November 24, allowing said to start flowing into Gaza and setting the stage for the release of dozens of hostages held by militants and Palestinians imprisoned by Israel.