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Fri 21 Jun 2024 9:01 am - Jerusalem Time

UN: Families in Gaza eat one meal every two or three days

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that a number of families in the southern Gaza Strip eat one meal every two or three days, while other families depend on sharing food with each other.


This came in press statements by United Nations Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq, according to what was reported by the United Nations News website.


The United Nations Office explained that hundreds of thousands of displaced people in southern Gaza suffer from poor access to shelter, health care, food, water and sanitation.


He added that from June 7 to 14, the office conducted humanitarian assessments in the displacement sites of Deir al-Balah, Khan Yunis, and the Al-Mawasi area in Rafah, and found that people were living in tents in temporary, overcrowded shelters.


He pointed out that these shelters are in urgent need of repair, and do not provide any protection from extreme heat.


The office also explained that access to water is very low, and people are forced to stand in queues for long hours to obtain it, and are forced to rely on seawater for domestic use.


The UN office stated that there is a continuous spread of infectious diseases in light of the overflow of sewage, the spread of insects, rodents and snakes, and the almost complete lack of hygiene materials and sanitation facilities.


The office said that many families reported that they eat only one meal every day, and some eat one meal every two or three days, and they mostly rely on bread, sharing food with other families, and rationing stocks.


He explained that access restrictions continued to seriously undermine the delivery of essential humanitarian aid and services throughout Gaza.


The Deputy Spokesman for the United Nations stressed that humanitarian operations in Gaza must be fully facilitated and all obstacles removed.

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