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World|politics|March 19, 2024 / 10:30 AM
UN: 1.1 million people in Gaza facing catastrophic hunger
// Muthana El Najjar

AKIPRESS.COM - The latest report on food insecurity in Gaza is an appalling indictment of conditions on the ground for civilians, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.

The world’s leading experts on food insecurity clearly document that famine in the northern part of Gaza is imminent.

More than half of all Palestinians in Gaza –1.1 million people– have completely exhausted their food supplies and are facing catastrophic hunger, according to the report.

"Palestinians in Gaza are enduring horrifying levels of hunger and suffering. This is the highest number of people facing catastrophic hunger ever recorded by the Integrated Food Security Classification system – anywhere, anytime," the Un Secretary-General stressed. 

"This is an entirely manmade disaster— and the report makes clear that it can be halted" the Secretary-General added.

"I call on the Israeli authorities to ensure complete and unfettered access for humanitarian goods throughout Gaza and for the international community to fully support our humanitarian efforts. We must act now to prevent the unthinkable, the unacceptable and the unjustifiable," he said.

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