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Norway Struggles to House Gaza Evacuees Amidst Ongoing Conflict and Health Crisis

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Dil Bar Irshad
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Norway Struggles to House Gaza Evacuees Amidst Ongoing Conflict and Health Crisis

Over 190 individuals, evacuated from the war-torn Gaza to the serene landscapes of Norway, are navigating an impending housing crisis. Among the evacuees, who landed at Gardermoen airport between November 18 and 20, are 91 children. To date, nearly 130 of these individuals are without a place to call home in Norway.

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A Plea for Assistance from the Palestinian Committee

The Palestinian Committee in Norway has publically appealed to the authorities, urging them to extend housing assistance to the displaced individuals. Sadly, this shortage of accommodations was not an unforeseen circumstance, having been identified by Norwegian officials in Cairo prior to their departure to Norway.

Ceasefire Violations and Antisemitic Incidents

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Meanwhile, in Gaza, the winds of war continue to howl. Israeli forces (IDF) have reported three explosions in the northern region of Gaza, marking a violation of the ceasefire terms. The episodes involved gunfire exchanges and resulted in minor injuries to some IDF soldiers. In Europe, Germany is grappling with a surge in antisemitic incidents, 994 recorded instances this year alone, coinciding with the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas.

WHO's Concern over Gaza's Healthcare System

The World Health Organization (WHO) has voiced its concern over the dire state of Gaza's healthcare system. It warns of the potential for more deaths from disease than bombings if healthcare services are not restored quickly. The detention of staff and collapse of Al Shifa hospital, owing to Israeli forces, have exacerbated these concerns.

International Aid Reaches Northern Gaza

Despite the grim circumstances, a ray of hope breaks through the cloudy skies of Gaza. Aid, comprising food, water, tents, blankets, and medical supplies, has reached northern Gaza. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has facilitated this much-needed assistance. As the world watches, the narrative of Gaza continues to unfold, a testament to human endurance in the face of adversity.

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