April 22, 2024

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Israel-Hamas War: Widespread Famine in Gaza 'Almost Inevitable', UN Says

Israel-Hamas War: Widespread Famine in Gaza 'Almost Inevitable', UN Says

The humanitarian situation is dire.

At least 576,000 people, or a quarter of the population, are starving in the Gaza Strip, a senior official at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told the Security Council on Tuesday. Widespread famine fiancee “Almost Inevitable” If no action is taken.

One in six children under the age of two are affected Severe malnutrition and emaciation in northern Gaza, and almost all residents of the Palestinian enclave rely on food aid. “Not enough” Ramesh Rajasingham said that he must survive.

World Food Program (WFP) “Ready to rapidly expand and intensify its operations if a cease-fire agreement is reached”WFP's Deputy Executive Director, Carl Schau, announced to the Council's 15 members. “Meanwhile, the risk of famine is fueled by Gaza's inability to provide sufficient quantities of essential food and the impossible working conditions our staff face on the ground.”he added.

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Israel launched its military operation against Palestinian Hamas in the Gaza Strip in response to a deadly October 7 attack on its border. According to a recent report by Palestinian health officials, more than 30,000 people have died in Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip.