The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has declared a dire situation in the Gaza Strip. Hunger rise in Gaza. It report that half of the population is facing starvation as Israeli airstrikes and ground operations persist. The UN agency highlights that aid distribution to the region has significantly dwindled due to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Israeli warplanes and tanks targeted southern Gaza, particularly the city of Rafah, resulting in the death of 22 individuals, including children, in an overnight airstrike on residential houses. The intensity of the shelling has hindered civil emergency workers from conducting rescue operations effectively, leaving residents grappling with the aftermath.
Ground Offensive and Human Impact:
Following the collapse of a week-long ceasefire on December 1, Israel initiated a ground offensive, pushing from the east into Khan Younis, the main city in southern Gaza. Tank shelling, notably in the city center, has raised concerns about civilian casualties, with reports indicating casualties in the vicinity of key Hamas figures’ residences.
Israel maintains that its instructions for residents to relocate are part of efforts to protect civilians and dismantle Hamas infrastructure. The military operation aims to eradicate Hamas militants responsible for the October 7 attacks in southern Israel, where 1,200 people lost their lives, including several Canadians. Israel also reports the release of approximately 100 hostages out of the estimated 240 taken during the October rampage.
The Gaza Health Ministry reports that Israel’s retaliatory assaults have resulted in the death of 18,412 people and wounded about 50,100. As the conflict persists, aid agencies express growing concerns about the worsening hunger crisis among Gazans. The WFP specifically notes that half of Gaza’s population is now facing starvation, exacerbating the already dire humanitarian situation.
Desperate & Hunger Rise In Gaza
Residents in affected areas, such as Rafah, describe the harrowing conditions, citing the inability to sleep due to bombings and the daily struggle to find food for their children. The scarcity of basic necessities like bread and the soaring prices of essential items like rice, salt, or beans compound the humanitarian crisis. One resident, Abu Khalil, emphasizes the dual impact of the conflict: “Israel kills us twice, once by bombs and once by hunger.”
As the situation in Gaza continues to escalate, international concerns rise over the deteriorating humanitarian conditions and the urgent need for a sustainable resolution to end the suffering of the civilian population.