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UNRWA Commission General Says the Last Time They Delivered Food to North Gaza was on January 23

According to UNRWA’s Commission General Phillipe Lazzarini, the last time they were able to deliver food aid to Northern Gaza was January 23, 2024.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has also suspended provision of essential food aid to Northern Gaza, citing unsuitable conditions for safe distributions. 

According to the UN’s leading expert on the right to food, “Israel” is deliberately starving Palestinans and should be convicted for war crimes and genocide. 

Gaza is currently grappling with severe malnutrition and widespread hunger, with all of the Palestinian territory’s 2.2 million people suffering from severe shortages of food. This is a direct result of the “Israeli” regime’s war on Gaza and restricting aid to citizens, sparking global outrage. 

“There is no reason to intentionally block the passage of humanitarian aid or intentionally obliterate small-scale fishing vessels, greenhouses and orchards in Gaza – other than to deny people access to food,” Michael Fakhri, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food, said.

“Intentionally depriving people of food is clearly a war crime. Israel has announced its intention to destroy the Palestinian people, in whole or in part, simply for being Palestinian. In my view as a UN human rights expert, this is now a situation of genocide. This means the state of Israel in its entirety is culpable and should be held accountable – not just individuals or this government or that person.” he added. 

Research finds that famine, which is looming over Gaza, as a result of the Israeli regime’s blockade of food aid into the Strip, predominantly affects children, infants, pregnant women and the elderly, resulting in malnutrition, disease and premature death. 

In Northern Gaza, food is extremely scarce with children resorting to eating animal feed. Almost 16% of children under the age of two, which is equivalent to one in six infants, were found acutely malnourished. 

300,000 people are trapped in Northern Gaza with no food entering the area. Almost 3% are suffering from severe malnutrition, leading to death without urgent help.

In Rafah, 5% of children under the age of two were listed as acutely malnourished.  The screenings however, took place in January 2023, with UNICEF warning that the situation could be worse.

The Israeli regime has denied UNICEF access to Northern Gaza since Jan. 1, 2024. 

95% of households suffer from significantly reduced meals and portion sizes with many adults starving themselves so as to feed their children. The little food they receive is severely lacking essential nutrients. Other harrowing reports revealed that households are surviving on less than one liter of safe water per person per day, with 90% of children under the age of five, grappling with infectious diseases.

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