UN says food systems are collapsing in Gaza, with aid for just 10 percent
The World Food Programme (WFP) in Palestine has warned that food systems in the Gaza Strip are collapsing and that current aid only meets 10 percent of food needs. All residents of the Strip, the UN body stressed, need humanitarian assistance.
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“We have begun distributing WFP date bars that are nutritionally condensed, they are fortified with vitamins and minerals, so that we can try to make sure that people are getting as much caloric intake that they need as possible. Soon, we will also be distributing complementary feeding for pregnant women and for babies to make sure that it is at least providing complementary support for their nutrition.”
Zaki explained that the UN programme relies on canned food, dates and bread to help the rest of the population, who are increasingly at risk of malnutrition.
She also stressed the need to provide fuel, noting that the fuel shortage restricts the programme’s ability to help those in need “because without fuel, the trucks can’t move, the mills can’t grind wheat, the bakeries can’t bake bread and life will come to a standstill.”
Food supplies entering through the Rafah crossing from Egypt at the present time are only 10 per cent of the food needs of the entire population of the Gaza Strip, 2.2 million people, all of whom need food assistance.