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96% of Gazans face extreme levels of hunger: Report

June 25, 2024 at 4:05 pm

Palestinian children wait in line to get food distributed by charitable organizations at a UNRWA school in Jabalia camp, Gaza on June 08, 2024. [Mahmoud Zaki Salem Issa – Anadolu Agency]

The latest food security assessment in Gaza has revealed that 96 per cent of people face “extreme levels of hunger”, while nearly half a million people are in catastrophic conditions, Anadolu Agency reports.

In its latest figure on Tuesday, the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report indicated that 96 per cent of the population faces extreme levels of hunger in the Gaza Strip where more than 37,600 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks since October last year.

The report revealed that about 2.13 million people across the Gaza Strip faced high levels of acute food insecurity classified in IPC Phase 3 or above (crisis or worse) between 1 May and 15 June, including nearly 343,000 people who experienced catastrophic food insecurity (IPC Phase 5).

In its response to these figures, the World Food Program stated that it shows the critical importance of sustained access to all areas of Gaza.

“The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report on Gaza paints a stark picture of ongoing hunger, finding that 96 per cent of the population is facing acute food insecurity at crisis level or higher (IPC Category 3+), with almost half a million people in catastrophic conditions (IPC Category 5),” the UN agency said in a statement.

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The report noted that a high risk of famine persists across the whole Gaza Strip as long as the conflict continues and humanitarian access is restricted.

“While the whole Territory is classified in Emergency (IPC Phase 4), over 495,000 people (22 per cent of the population) are still facing catastrophic levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 5),” added the IPC which is a collaborative initiative involving over 20 partners, including governments, UN agencies and NGOs.

The report indicated that renewed hostilities since the beginning of Israel’s Rafah offensive and repeated displacement continue to erode people’s ability to access humanitarian assistance and increase the overall fragility of communities.

Israel, flouting a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire, has faced international condemnation amid its continued brutal offensive on Gaza since a 7 October attack last year by Hamas.

More than eight months into the Israeli war, vast tracts of Gaza lay in ruins amid a crippling blockade of food, clean water and medicine.

Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which in its latest ruling has ordered Tel Aviv to immediately halt its operation in the southern city of Rafah, where over a million Palestinians had sought refuge from the war before it was invaded on 6 May.

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