Publish date14 Jun 2024 - 19:29
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Starved families survive on bread alone in Gaza

In the north of the Gaza Strip where Palestinians have been hit hardest by the “made-made famine” imposed on them by Israel, residents say acute shortages of vegetables, fruit and meat means they are surviving on bread alone, Reuters reports.
Starved families survive on bread alone in Gaza

“We are being starved, the world has forgotten about us,” said Um Mohammed, a mother of six in Gaza City.
She has remained there throughout more than eight months of Israeli bombardments. But she and her family have left their home for designated shelters in UN schools several times.
“Except for the flour, bread, we have nothing else, we don’t have anything to eat it with, so we eat bread only,” she said.
In late May, the Israeli military lifted a ban on the sale of fresh food to Gaza from Israel and the occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials and international aid workers said.
But in social media posts, Gazans accused unscrupulous merchants of exploiting needs by buying goods at regular prices in Israel and the West Bank and selling them at a huge mark-up.
They said traders are taking advantage of a breakdown of policing in the Gaza Strip.
“There’s no meat or vegetables and if something is available, it is being sold at unbelievable, fictional prices,” Um Mohammed said.
The flow of UN aid in the devastated Palestinian territory has been almost entirely halted since Israel invaded and took control of the Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt where over 2,000 trucks of aid are waiting to enter the enclave.
Israel says it puts no limit on humanitarian supplies for civilians in Gaza and has blamed the United Nations for slow deliveries, saying its operations are inefficient.
On Friday, witnesses said planes dropped aid boxes on areas in Al-Karara and Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.
“A significant proportion of Gaza’s population is now facing catastrophic hunger and famine-like conditions,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.
Tedros said more than 8,000 children under five in Gaza had been diagnosed with and treated for acute malnutrition, including 1,600 children with severe acute malnutrition.
Some 27 children have died of malnutrition in Gaza since the start of the war last October, the Ministry of Health said.

“A humanitarian tragedy is hitting northern Gaza and the ghost of famine is looming in the air,” the ministry said.
Israel’s ground and air campaign has left Gaza in ruins, killing more than 37,000 Palestinians and injuring more than 88,000 others. Tens of thousands are missing, presumed dead and buried under the rubble of destroyed buildings.
Gaza’s Chamber of Commerce today issued an urgent appeal to the international community to put pressure on Israel to allow the entry of urgently needed aid.
“In addition to the shortage of food, water and medicine, the northern Gaza Strip suffers from a severe shortage of many basic necessities of life, including public and personal hygiene materials,” it said in a statement.
“With the lack of fuel and electricity, and the lack of health care services, hospitals have gone out of service, and a complete destruction of all public and private facilities has occurred.”
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