Tue 27 Feb 2024 10:56 am - Jerusalem Time

Today, the Security Council discusses the food shortage crisis in the Gaza Strip

Today, Tuesday, the UN Security Council will discuss the food insecurity crisis in the Gaza Strip, based on a request made by the delegates of Switzerland and Guyana.

The Gaza Strip, which has been subjected to continuous Israeli aggression on land, sea and air since October 7, is living in extremely difficult humanitarian conditions, amounting to famine, according to what was stated in a memorandum by the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs that was received by the Security Council on the twenty-second. From this month.

According to the World Food Program, its teams reported that citizens were suffering from “unprecedented levels of despair,” while the United Nations warned that 2.2 million people were on the brink of famine.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said that the citizens of Gaza are suffering from unprecedented levels of acute food insecurity and hunger, and that conditions in Gaza resemble famine.

It explained that all of Gaza's approximately 2.2 million citizens belong to one of three levels of hunger, which range from emergency to crisis to disaster. These are conditions that FAO has not witnessed before in any country around the world, and what raises concern is that more of people in Gaza are moving into famine, and at least 25% of the Strip's population has reached the highest levels of hunger classification.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned that alarming food shortages and increasing malnutrition and diseases could lead to an "explosion" in child deaths in Gaza.

One in six children under the age of two in Gaza suffers from acute malnutrition, according to UNICEF estimates published on February 19.

The Israeli authorities continue to prevent and obstruct the arrival of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, especially to the northern regions, while the aid that reaches the south of the Strip is not sufficient for the needs of citizens, especially in Rafah, which is considered the last refuge for the displaced, and which, despite its small area estimated at about 65 square kilometers, hosts; more than 1.3 million Palestinians, the majority of whom live in tents that lack the minimum requirements for life.

It is noteworthy that UN Resolution No. 2417, issued on May 24, 2018, requires the Secretary-General of the United Nations to send an urgent briefing cable to the UN Security Council in the event of a disruption in the food security situation of the citizens of the Gaza Strip as a result of the war.

In an infinite toll, the number of killed in the Gaza Strip since October 7 last rose to 29,878 people and 70,215 injured.


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Today, the Security Council discusses the food shortage crisis in the Gaza Strip