Sun 19 May 2024 3:08 pm - Jerusalem Time

A warning of famine in Gaza, and Israel prevents the entry of 3,000 aid trucks

The United Nations warned on Sunday of the risk of famine in the Gaza Strip, at a time when Israel continues to close the crossings and prevents 3,000 aid trucks from entering the Strip.

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths said that famine in northern Gaza is imminent.

He stressed that the residents of Gaza are facing an unsustainable crisis in light of the closure of the Rafah and Kerem Shalom crossings and the failure to provide aid to the northern Gaza Strip.

The government media office in the Gaza Strip said that Israel prevents the entry of 3,000 aid trucks and prevents 690 sick and wounded people from traveling for treatment.

He added that Israel is closing the Rafah and Kerem Shalom crossings for the 13th day, doubling the humanitarian crisis.

The Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip has appealed to all humanitarian institutions to bring medicines into the Strip as the Israeli aggression and occupation of the crossings continues.

Deterioration of the health sector

The Ministry warned in a statement that the acute shortage of necessary medicines and medical consumables threatens the lives of patients and hampers the provision of emergency services, surgeries, primary care, and many services.

Kamal Adwan Hospital Director said, "We suffer from a severe shortage of medical supplies and we appeal to the world to pay attention to us."

He added, "Since yesterday, about 60 martyrs, most of them women and children, have arrived to us as a result of the bombing of a crowded residential square in Jabalia."

As for UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini, he said that half of Gaza's population is on the roads and forced to flee.

He pointed out that people in Gaza have no other options but to return to their destroyed homes, saying that aid is arriving in a meager manner.

Lazzarini added, "It is time to start investigating and holding those committing attacks in Gaza accountable."


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A warning of famine in Gaza, and Israel prevents the entry of 3,000 aid trucks