World Bank food security report warns that food shortages in northern Gaza might lead to a famine between now and May, according to Asharq Al-Awsat on March 20th, and agencies.

The food security report released by the World Bank on March 20th, hints that “The situation in the Gaza Strip has reached catastrophic levels” as 1.11 million people are currently in Phase 5 of the IPC Food Insecurity Scale.

To avoid worsening the situation, the report calls for a reinstatement of humanitarian access to safely deliver food and supplies to Palestinians.

On March 12th, EU High Representative Josep Borrell had already denounced the insufficient aid entering the area, accusing Israel of using starvation as a “war arm”.

The former Spanish minister accused Israeli forces of obstructing the most efficient way to allow support into the Strip,  drastically bringing the supplies entering Gaza below pre-war levels.

READ: Red Cross voices concerns over hunger in Gaza

As of today, Asharq Al-Awsat claims that “virtually all households skip meals daily and a significant portion of children under two are suffering from acute malnutrition”.

Upon Israel’s accusation against the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), many among the most powerful countries decided to discontinue providing funding for the organisation. Because of that, on January 29th, UNRWA declared that “if funding were not resumed, UNRWA will not be able to continue its services and operations across the region, including in Gaza, beyond the end of February”.

Asharq Al-Awsat and agencies

 

 

 

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