The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned Sunday that if Israel carries out its threatened sanctions after declaring Gaza "hostile territory," it would likely create a humanitarian crisis. "In the past three months, 106 cargo trucks were allowed into the Gaza Strip per workday," the organization wrote in a paper issued in response to Israel's September 19 announcement of a change in policy towards Gaza in response to the continued shelling of western Negev communities. "This assured the prevention of a humanitarian crisis among the Gaza population. The continuation of this situation cannot be guaranteed if there is an additional deterioration regarding the restrictions at the Gaza border crossings," the paper said.We'll leave aside how the near-daily bombardment of Sderot schoolchildren on their way to classes - at 7:30am when they're too far from buildings to seek shelter - is apparently not a humanitarian crisis worthy of UN attention. More importantly: Hamas has shut down medical clinics and prevented Israel from giving medical aid and blocked food shipments and halted humanitarian efforts. All as part of a deliberate campaign to intentionally create a humanitarian crisis - which they know from past experience will get blamed on Israel.
The UN, to nobody's surprise, is preparing to blame it on Israel.
[Cross-posted to Mere Rhetoric]