Article published on the 2009-01-04 Latest update 2009-01-04 10:47 TU
Doctors from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have tried to get into the territory for the past two days and have been refused by Israeli authorities, according to a statement posted on their website.
The team, which consists of four specialists led by an experienced war surgeon, have been trying to get in to help the staff of Shifa hospital.
Al-Jazeera, the pan-Arab television channel, reports that people are being treated for serious injuries even on the floor of Shifa hospital and that there is not enough space to take incoming wounded, who are walking the streets looking for help.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday that Tel Aviv will not allow a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.
"We will help supply food and medicine" for the territory, he said.
On the diplomatic front, the United Nations Security council held an emergency meeting on Saturday night. Ambassadors emerged after nearly four-hour closed door consultations, but failed to agree on a statement calling for an immediate cease-fire.
"The efforts we are making internationally are designed to establish a sustainable, durable ceasefire that's respected by all," said US dpeuty ambassador to the UN Alejandro Wolff. The US is seen as Israel's closest ally in the council.
UN General Assembly President Miguel d'Escoto of Nicaragua called the Israeli incursion "a monstrosity."
"And once again, the world is watching in dismay the dysfunctionality of the Security Council," he added.
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