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UN says food insecurity in Gaza reached 'extremely critical state'

February 16, 2024 at 7:45 pm

Spokesperson for Secretary General Stephane Dujarric attends a press briefing at the UN Headquarters in New York, US on 2 February 2024 [Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images]

The UN on Friday warned that food insecurity in the Gaza Strip has reached an “extremely critical state,” given significant restrictions on the delivery of humanitarian assistance, Anadolu news agency reported.

“In Rafah, humanitarian conditions have become increasingly severe, with continued reports of people stopping aid trucks to take food,” the UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters.

“Vulnerable segments of the population include children, the elderly and people with underlying health conditions… are particularly susceptible to the risk of malnutrition,” he added.

Meanwhile, in a separate statement, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said health facilities in the Gaza Strip have been under attack during the war.

“The Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, is following with great concern the developments in Al Nasser hospital in Khan Younis,” the statement said, noting the reports by the Palestine Red Crescent Society on Feb. 14-15 that Al Amal hospital in Khan Younis sustained damage due to intense shelling in its vicinity.

OCHA said humanitarian and health workers continue to face enormous challenges and risks to help people in need.

“Between 7 October and 12 February, there were 378 attacks on health care across Gaza, affecting 98 health facilities and 98 ambulances, according to the World Health Organization,” the statement said.​​​​​​​

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