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What a Temporary Ceasefire Means— Gaza: The Human Toll

December 1, 2023 • 9:00 – 10:15 am EST

The CSIS live studio conversations, ‘Gaza: The Human Toll,’ are a product of the CSIS Bipartisan Alliance for Global Health Security, with co-sponsorship of the CSIS Humanitarian Agenda and the CSIS Middle East Program. The show will convene regularly during this crisis period to capture clearly and accurately the evolving humanitarian and health situation inside Gaza, understand how the conduct of the conflict is shaping outcomes and future policy and operational choices, think carefully about what may lie ahead, and hear from key operational international agencies and NGOs providing humanitarian assistance, as well as other experts with vital insights. Throughout these conversations, speakers will explore current and proposed U.S. policies.

In the second episode, speakers will discuss the following questions:

  • How can the cumulative health and humanitarian impacts of the war that followed the October 7 massacre by Hamas of 1,200 Israelis and the taking of 240 hostages be estimated?
  • What have been the health and humanitarian results, since November 24, of the temporary ceasefire, expansion of cross-border food, fuel and other critical items, and exchange of hostages for detainees/prisoners?
  • What might the future look like, for the health and humanitarian welfare of Gaza’s 2.3 million citizens, under a fragile peace scenario versus a return to war?

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Regional Emergency Director, WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean
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Jon B. Alterman
Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program