Warning of a severe famine risk among the residents of Gaza, particularly women and children, has been issued by the World Food Programme (WFP). There is an urgent need to continue humanitarian food supplies beyond the temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, according to the WFP.
Since the truce began on Friday, the WFP has delivered food to 121,161 people in Gaza. Additionally, the pause in fighting has granted access for WFP teams to enter areas of the besieged enclave for the first time in a long time. Their report detailed their findings of “catastrophic” conditions, describing it as what they saw: hunger, desperation, and destruction. Notably, many people in Gaza have not received any relief in weeks.
Corinne Fleischer, WFP’s regional director for the Middle East, North Africa, and Eastern Europe, stated that providing aid for just six days is not enough. Indeed, the people of Gaza must receive assistance every day, not just for six days. The dire need for assistance is likely to intensify in the immediate future if action is not taken promptly.