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Gaza faces severe food insecurity: Red Cross chairman 

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On Monday, February 26,2024, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) chairman, Jagan Chapagain, expressed concern over the lack of food security in the Gaza Strip.

Gaza is on the verge of experiencing a severe food shortage. “It is estimated that almost 80 percent of the population is already experiencing emergency or catastrophic acute food insecurity circumstances, which is causing the risk of hunger to increase daily,” stated the Chairman on X (formerly Twitter).

According the Chairman, who cited statistics from the Palestine Red Crescent, more than a million children and older adults who are housed in shelter facilities are at risk of suffering from dehydration, digestive and respiratory disease, skin problems, and anemia.

“The people who live in Gaza are confronted with this brutal reality daily. To ease the delivery of crucial life-saving humanitarian supplies, I would like to reaffirm my plea for safe and unrestricted access for humanitarian organization workers,” he stated.

Since a cross-border invasion by the Palestinian group Hamas on October 7, Israel has begun the deadly attack on the Gaza Strip. This assault has resulted in the deaths of at least 29,782 individuals, as well as widespread destruction and shortages of essential items. It is thought that around 1,200 Israelis have been killed.

The UN reports that 85% of the people living in Gaza have been forced to flee as a result of the Israeli attack, and this is happening when there are severe shortages of food, potable water, and medicine. Additionally, sixty percent of the community’s infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed.

An International Court of Justice case has been filed accusing Israel of genocide. The Israeli government was ordered to put an end to acts of genocide and to take steps to ensure that residents in Gaza get humanitarian assistance by an interim verdict that was issued in January.


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