Grave Development Signals Human Catastrophe
The United Nations has issued a chilling warning that over half a million people in Gaza are facing starvation due to the lack of food entering the besieged territory. As Israel continues its relentless campaign of airstrikes and ground operations, the situation in Gaza has become increasingly dire. The UN has called on the international community to take immediate action to prevent a deadly catastrophe.
Death Toll Exceeds 20,000
Palestinian officials have reported that the death toll from the conflict has now surpassed 20,000, which amounts to approximately 1% of the territory’s prewar population. The Health Ministry in Gaza does not differentiate between civilian and combatant deaths. The Israeli military campaign has been one of the deadliest and most destructive in history, according to experts.
Displaced Palestinians at Risk
Tens of thousands of displaced Palestinians are currently living in overcrowded shelters and tent camps, with winter approaching. This raises concerns about the spread of disease in these already precarious conditions. The lack of access to basic staples has created a situation of famine.
Urgent Need for Humanitarian Aid
The UN Security Council has yet again delayed a vote on a resolution to halt the fighting and allow for increased humanitarian aid deliveries. The European Union officials have expressed deep shock at the assessment that the entire population of Gaza is at risk of acute food insecurity. The EU has called for continued, rapid, safe, and unhindered access to provide relief to the suffering population.
Israeli President Blames UN
Israeli President Isaac Herzog has criticized the United Nations for the minimal amount of humanitarian aid reaching Gaza. He argued that the UN needs to do more instead of complaining. Currently, only 10% of the aid required by Gaza’s population has entered the territory in the last 70 days.
Starvation Crisis Hits Gaza
A new report by the UN and nongovernmental organizations has revealed that half a million people in Gaza, a quarter of the population, are facing starvation. The woefully insufficient quantities of food entering the territory since the outbreak of hostilities have caused a dire food crisis. If the situation does not improve, the population could face a full-fledged famine within the next six months, leading to widespread outbreaks of disease.