Looming Famine in Northern Gaza Due to Israeli Blockade

Looming Famine in Northern Gaza Due to Israeli Blockade

Palestinian children with empty bowls wait for food at a donation point in Rafah amid widespread hunger and malnutrition in Gaza. (Photo: Getty Images)

The government media office in Gaza has issued a warning about an impending famine in the northern Gaza Strip as a result of Israel's closure of border crossings.

In a Sunday statement, the media office highlighted the escalating humanitarian crisis in Gaza, attributing it to the increasingly stringent blockade imposed by Israel on the entire enclave.

Over the past week, fewer than 100 aid trucks have entered Gaza through a US-built pier on the coast. Specifically, only 214 trucks were allowed into northern Gaza via an Israeli-controlled entry point west of Beit Lahia. Of these, 109 carried flour, and a mere six trucks were loaded with medical supplies, it added.

The media office has called on the international community to pressure Israel into permitting aid convoys to enter through land crossings such as Rafah and Kerem Shalom.

Despite a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate cease-fire, Israel's aggressive military actions in Gaza persist, claiming the lives of nearly 36,000 Palestinians, the majority of whom are women and children, with over 80,600 others injured.

The ongoing Israeli offensive, now in its eighth month, has left large areas of Gaza in ruins and its population suffering from severe shortages of food, clean water, and medical supplies.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has accused Israel of genocide and, in its latest ruling, has ordered Tel Aviv to immediately cease operations in Rafah, a southern Gaza city that has become a refuge for more than a million displaced Palestinians.

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