Famine could happen ‘anytime’ in Gaza’s northern governorates, warn UN humanitarians

Famine could happen ‘anytime’ in Gaza’s northern governorates, warn UN humanitarians
Famine could happen ‘anytime’ in Gaza’s northern governorates, warn UN humanitarians

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - GAZA — Amid reports that the Israeli military stormed Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on Monday in search of Hamas fighters, UN humanitarians warned that new food insecurity data indicates that famine could happen “anytime”.

“Famine is projected to occur anytime between now and May 2024 in the northern governorates,” the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said, upon publication of a new Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report on Gaza.

Meanwhile, in response to the unfolding situation at Al-Shifa, UN World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, insisted that “hospitals should never be battlegrounds”.

The lives of medical workers, patients and civilians were at stake, the WHO chief warned, adding that “minimal” health services had only recently been restored at Al-Shifa.

IPC forecasts are compiled from on-the-ground assessments which humanitarians then use to respond to the most at-risk individuals. Data indicates that the “entire population” of Gaza — some 2.3 million people — are enduring high levels of “acute” food insecurity.

This includes 1.11 million suffering from “catastrophic” food insecurity - IPC Phase 5.

Compared to the last IPC analysis in December, acute food insecurity in the Gaza Strip has “deepened and widened”, FAO noted, with 79 percent more Gazans likely “sliding into catastrophic levels of hunger” from mid-February to mid-March, and 92 percent more expected to do so between now and July.

“If no steps are taken to cease hostilities and to provide more humanitarian access, famine is imminent,” said FAO Deputy Director-General Beth Bechdol. “It could already be occurring. Immediate access is needed to facilitate delivery of urgent and critical assistance at scale.”

The IPC report noted that virtually all households now skip meals every day in Gaza. Adults have reduced their meals so that children can eat.

“In the northern governorates, in nearly two-thirds of the households, people went entire days and nights without eating at least 10 times in the last 30 days,” the FAO said, adding that in northern governorates, one in three children under the age of two is acutely malnourished.

The development follows repeated international calls for a ceasefire and the release of all remaining hostages taken during Hamas-led terror attacks in Israel on Oct. 7 that killed some 1,200 people.

Continuing international efforts for a ceasefire and the release of Israeli hostages were due to continue on Monday with the delayed arrival of Israeli negotiators in Qatar, reports indicated.

In a social media post at the weekend, the WHO chief Tedros expressed grave concern that preparations were continuing for an Israeli ground assault on Rafah, the southernmost city in Gaza where well over one million people have sought shelter in packed conditions.

“(A) further escalation of violence in this densely populated area would lead to many more deaths and suffering, especially with health facilities already overwhelmed,” Tedros wrote on Saturday.

“The 1.2 million people in Rafah do not have anywhere safe to move to...Many people are too fragile, hungry and sick to be moved again. In the name of humanity, we appeal to Israel not to proceed and instead to work towards peace.”

And amid intense Israeli bombardment of Gaza, the FAO noted that hostilities had halted supplies of water, food and fuel. All food-related sectors had “collapsed” the UN agency continued, including vegetable production, livestock production, and fisheries and aquaculture.

Around 60 to 70 percent of meat and dairy-producing livestock in Gaza have been either killed or prematurely slaughtered to meet the dire food needs stemming from the conflict.

To help Gazans, FAO has mobilized to provide key agricultural supplies into the Strip “as soon as conditions allow”. The Organization said that its initial priority was to move animal feed including 1,500 tons of barley, “through one or two of the remaining open border crossings where food distribution is taking place”.

This barley delivery “should be sufficient to provide milk for all children under 10 years of age in Gaza”, FAO said, noting that it would provide around 20 percent of recommended calories for children.

According to the Gaza health authority, 31,726 people have now been killed in the Strip and 73,792 injured since the outbreak of hostilities.

The development came as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned that life-threatening malnutrition was “spreading fast” and reaching unprecedented levels, “due to the wide-reaching impacts of the war and ongoing restrictions on aid delivery”.

Echoing those concerns, the UN’s top aid official, Martin Griffiths, told a humanitarian forum on Monday that the Organization and its partners were suffering from “an age of war in which reaching for the gun is increasingly the first option...an age in which the UN for example is prevented from doing its job and then criticized for not doing enough. We see this in Gaza.”

At the same meeting in Brussels, Natalie Boucly, Deputy Commissioner-General of the UN agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNWRA), insisted that it remained the “backbone” of humanitarian operations in Gaza.

The agency is key to humanitarian assistance in Strip, she maintained, working with partners including the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) — which had vaccinated 53,000 children since January in seven remaining UNRWA shelters — the WHO, the UN World Food Program (WFP), the UN migration agency (IOM), UNOPS and other non-UN partners, she insisted, “from the reception to the storage to the distribution of aid and the tracking, the reporting, the logistics, the fuel, the vehicles and the accommodation - and the coordination with the Israeli authority”.

"The aid is there, right across the border. All we need is political will to open more crossings to get the aid and distribute it across Gaza. We need a ceasefire," Boucly insisted.

In a call for more aid crossing points into Gaza, the UNRWA official pledged to “scale up" assistance...if that environment was enabled. "At the moment, it is very difficult to operate,” she continued, pointing to the “trickle” of aid entering Gaza currently — some 99 trucks a day.

“All the constraints around getting the aid in need to be eased, we need to have more stable communication (and) Internet - all this has broken down,” she insisted. — UN News

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