Cases of chicken pox, scabies and diarrheal diseases are on the rise in the Gaza Strip due to dire sanitary conditions, the United Nations has warned.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) explained that among the main reasons for the spread of diseases is that Gazans are forced to drink contaminated water, in the absence of clean drinking water.

He did not give specific numbers. However, he warned against the risk of an increase in cases of infectious diseases if the water supply is not restored and if the sewage plants are not re-energized, or receive fuel.

Israel’s military has placed the Gaza Strip under “full siege”, cutting off water, electricity, food, medicine, fuel and other essential supplies, as part of retaliatory operations following Hamas’s attack on Israeli territory, the more dead than state payment, on October 7.