“Gaza situation getting out of hand,” warns expert

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International Relations expert, Professor John Stremlau, says Israel could be experiencing some sort of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following the October 7 attacks by Hamas.

He says this is probably why the some of the citizens and Tel Aviv leaders do not see how them being resolute on their stance to continue attacks on Gaza is having a detrimental effect on the Palestinian territory.

Speaking to YNews, Stremlau says this is not a justification for Israel’s continued actions.

He says the situation in Gaza is getting out of hand and the world needs to band together to protest against the atrocities taking place.


The  hostilities in the Palestinian territory has been described as “very dire” and the United Nations (UN) has warned of an imminent catastrophic famine.

The agency says this famine could make landfall between mid-March and May unless there’s urgent intervention to get aid into the affected areas in the Gaza Strip.

The war between Israel and Hamas, which has been ongoing for five months now, has left thousands dead, some maimed and homeless survivors struggling to make ends meet.

The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification partnership recently revealed that an estimated 1.1 million people are facing catastrophic conditions.

The United Nations World Food Programme says this is the “highest number of people ever recorded as facing catastrophic hunger” under the IPC system.

The north of Gaza is said to have been hard hit by the conflict, with about 300,000 people said to be suffering and running out of food.

World leaders says the findings are alarming.

UN Secretary General, Antonio Gutteres, says an immediate ceasefire can solve this.

He says the continued actions of Israel, which is technically looking to “eradicate Palestinians”, is apartheid on another level.

Stremlau says he is bewildered on what next needs to be done to stop this carnage.

Israel has also approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ) requesting it to dismiss South Africa’s March request for new measures to prevent imminent famine in Gaza, as the war in the Middle East continues.

Dismissing the move as outrageous, Tel Aviv says Pretoria’s bid is an attempt to again debate what the court has already decided.

The war between Israel and Palestine erupted after Hamas militants attacked Israel from Gaza on October 7, resulting in about 1 160 deaths, mostly civilians.

Israel has since then carried out a relentless retaliatory bombing campaign and ground offensive that Gaza’s health ministry says has killed at least 31 726 people, most of them women and children.

In a ruling in mid-January that made headlines worldwide, the ICJ ordered Israel to do everything it could to prevent genocide during its offensive.

Stremlau says he hopes that a ceasefire decision can be made soon.





Written by: Nonhlanhla Harris

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