Gaza, 5 December 2023 (TDI): The World Food Program (WFP) issues a stark warning of an imminent famine and starvation crisis unfolding in Gaza following Israel’s bombing campaign.
Hostilities resume after the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel has come to an end. The breakdown of the ceasefire has reignited tensions, exacerbating an already fragile humanitarian situation in the region.
The WFP is deeply concerned about the immediate impact on the availability and accessibility of essential food supplies for the people of Gaza.
With the resumption of hostilities, the risk of widespread famine and starvation has intensified, posing an urgent threat to the well-being of the civilian population.
The profound intensification of the conflict in Gaza has plunged the entire population into dire and catastrophic circumstances. A staggering 2.2 million people, constituting nearly the entire populace, are now in urgent need of food assistance.
Hundreds of thousands find themselves crammed into overcrowded shelters and hospitals, facing the imminent depletion of food and water resources.
In response to this escalating crisis, the World Food Program (WFP) has delivered emergency food and cash assistance to over 700,000 individuals across Gaza and the West Bank.
At the outset of its emergency response, WFP collaborated with 23 bakeries in Gaza, ensuring a supply of bread for 200,000 people in shelters. However, the collapse of food systems has become evident, with the final bakery in collaboration with WFP shutting down due to a lack of fuel or gas.
WFP is diligently distributing all available assistance within Gaza, but obstacles such as restricted access, fuel shortages, and disrupted connectivity limit the organization’s operational capacity.
To have a substantial impact, a cessation of hostilities is imperative, allowing WFP to carry out its operations effectively and address the pressing humanitarian needs in the region.