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Thousands of Palestinian Children in Gaza Face Malnutrition Crisis

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that thousands of Palestinian children in Gaza are suffering from malnutrition. This dire situation has arisen due to Israel’s severe restrictions on supplies of food, water, medicine, and fuel to the territory.

Catastrophic Hunger and Famine-Like Conditions

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed concern about the situation, stating that a significant proportion of Gaza’s population is now facing catastrophic hunger and famine-like conditions. Despite some reports of increased food delivery, there is currently no evidence that those who need it most are receiving sufficient quantity and quality of food.

Acute Malnutrition Cases

According to Tedros, 8,000 children under the age of five have been diagnosed and treated for acute malnutrition in Gaza. However, due to insecurity and lack of access, only two stabilization centers for severely malnourished patients can operate.

Deaths Attributed to Malnutrition

Tragically, 32 deaths in the besieged Palestinian enclave have been attributed to malnutrition. The situation is dire, and urgent action is needed to address the humanitarian crisis.

International Calls for Aid

United Nations officials have warned of the risk of famine as Israel continues its war on Gaza. In January, the International Court of Justice ordered Israel to ensure the delivery of basic services and essential humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza. The court reiterated this ruling in March, demanding that Israel take all necessary and effective measures to provide urgently needed basic services and humanitarian assistance.

Israel’s closest allies, including the United States, have also called for more aid to enter Gaza and reach those in need.

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