Gaza's hunger crisis intensifies amid conflict

In Gaza, particularly at the Al-Awda health center in Rafah, scenes of emaciated children with severe malnutrition have become increasingly common, signaling a deepening hunger crisis nearly five months into the conflict. The health center reports a significant rise in children arriving with malnutrition alongside various diseases.

Publication: 05.03.2024 - 11:25
Gaza's hunger crisis intensifies amid conflict
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The situation is a direct consequence of the ongoing air and ground operations by Israel, leading to mass displacement and acute shortages of food across the Gaza Strip. This has escalated into what the United Nations now identifies as a nutrition crisis, part of a larger humanitarian disaster engulfing the region.

The Gaza Health Ministry recently highlighted the dire situation, stating that malnutrition and dehydration had led to the deaths of 15 children at Kamal Adwan Hospital in Beit Lahiya, a region particularly hard-hit by food scarcity. This figure is believed to be an underestimation of the actual toll.

The crisis has spurred international criticism of Israel, with calls for the country to increase the flow of humanitarian aid into Gaza. The delivery of food aid, essential for mitigating the crisis, is severely hampered, especially in northern Gaza. The logistical challenges are compounded by Israel's control over the crossings and a comprehensive system of checks, which critics argue significantly restricts the entry of necessary supplies.

According to the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, the number of trucks allowed into Gaza has been significantly reduced, failing to meet the critical need for food and medical supplies. This shortfall is largely attributed to Israel's actions, including the closure of land crossings into northern Gaza and ongoing military operations.

The conflict, blamed on Hamas by Israel for its initial attack and subsequent actions, has led to a devastating toll on the Palestinian population in Gaza, with thousands reported dead.

As the humanitarian situation worsens, the international community continues to call for urgent action to address the crisis and alleviate the suffering of Gaza's most vulnerable populations.