Publish date6 Jul 2024 - 17:25
Story Code : 641680

'How can we remain silent?' UN Rapporteur says on famine in Gaza

In a post on X, Francesca Albanese said: "6-months old Fayez Ataya & 13yo Abdulqader Al-Serhi are two of the latest victims of the FAMINE that Israel’s STARVATION campaign has caused in Gaza."
According to the latest UN-partnered IPC report on hunger levels, 96 per cent of the population – some 2.15 million people – face acute food insecurity at “crisis” level or higher.
Albanese’s remarks were in response to post by Michael Fakhri, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, who said “Famine in Gaza has spread from the north to the entire Strip.”
“Every Palestinian in Gaza is now facing famine because of Israel’s intentional and targeted starvation campaign,” he said.
How do I know this? The recent deaths of more Palestinian children tells us everything. Fayez Ataya (barely 6-months old) died on 30 May. Abdulqader Al-Serhi (13-years-old) died on 1 June. Both children died from starvation. There is therefore no doubt that famine has spread across all of Gaza
he said.
“How can a child’s death mean there’s famine?” Fakhri asked, and answered: “The death of a child from malnutrition/dehydration indicates that health and social structures have been attacked, critically weakened.”
“When the first child dies from malnutrition and dehydration, it’s irrefutable that famine has taken hold,” he said.
He said the first reports of starvation death came from northern Gaza. “Mahmoud Fattouh (1-mos. old) died on 24 February. Yazan Al Kafarneh (10-yrs. old) died 4 March. Both starved by Israel,” he noted.
“The whole world should’ve stopped Israel’s genocidal starvation campaign to prevent these deaths,” Fakhri said.
Aid agencies say Israeli authorities frequently prevent them from delivering aid to Gaza, worsening the situation in the already blockaded enclave.​​​
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