"As we enter the second week of airstrikes and missiles, people in Gaza and Israel urgently need a break from nonstop warfare."
People in Gaza, fatigued from sleepless nights, continual anxiety, concern, and grief, require a window during which they can go outside and go about their daily lives without fear of being murdered or injured, or seeing the death or harm of others. They must check on family members, shop, buy medicine or, if feasible, consult a doctor, and make repairs to their houses and businesses, many of which are in need of repair.
After more than a week of battling, the agony of not knowing if it is safe to take the shortest trip or do the most basic of errands weighs hard on individuals.
Humanitarian actors must also be able to travel around, interact, and listen to individuals in order to assess their needs and provide appropriate aid.
"We alerted both Israeli and Hamas authorities today that we would be moving around and increasing up our responsiveness to crucial requirements starting tomorrow. Both parties have a strong legal obligation to support such actions and movements, which is especially true in the current situation."