Gaza Faces, As the Security Council prepares to vote on an assistance resolution, the UN delivers a grave warning of famine for Gaza’s entire population. The United Nations has warned that Israel’s conflict is pushing Gaza into hunger, ahead of a Security Council vote on a resolution to provide supplies to the Palestinian territory but not call for a truce on Friday.
Gaza Faces ‘Imminent Risk of Famine’ Amid Israel’s Attacks
According to a UN-backed global hunger monitoring system, the entire population of Gaza faces “an imminent risk of famine,” with more than 500,000 people enduring “catastrophic conditions.”
“We have been warning for weeks that, with such deprivation and destruction, each day that goes by will only bring more hunger, disease, and despair to the people of Gaza,” UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths wrote on X, formerly Twitter.
Separate diplomatic attempts were also ongoing to halt the bloodiest Gaza conflict in history, which has killed at least 20,000 Palestinians since Oct. 7.
With conditions in the region deteriorating, the UN Security Council has been negotiating a resolution to increase assistance deliveries.
The most recent copy, seen by AFP, called for “urgent steps to immediately allow safe and unhindered humanitarian access, as well as the creation of conditions for a sustainable cessation of hostilities.”
It does not demand an immediate cessation of hostilities.
The UN estimates that 1.9 million Gazans, out of a population of 2.4 million, are now displaced.
They are living in overcrowded shelters, unable to access food, fuel, water, or medical supplies because their homes have been destroyed. Diseases are spreading, and communications have been disrupted on numerous occasions.
Residents of Gaza who have been displaced are asking for a cease-fire.
“My message is to put an end to this humiliation,” Fuad Ibrahim Wadi, who sought refuge in Rafah at a greenhouse, said. “This war destroys everything.” “Enough already.”
After weeks of pressure, Israel agreed on the temporary reopening of the Kerem Shalom gate on Friday, allowing aid deliveries to be delivered directly to besieged Gaza rather than through Egypt’s Rafah crossing.
However, an Israeli strike hit the Palestinian side of Kerem Shalom on Thursday, according to the crossings authority and the Palestinian health ministry.
According to Stephane Dujarric, the UN secretary-general’s spokesman, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, was “unable to receive (aid) trucks” via Kerem Shalom as a result of the “drone strike,” and the World Food Programme had ceased operations at the crossing. According to the UN, the number of relief trucks entering Gaza is significantly lower than the pre-war daily norm.