Fri 24 May 2024 8:37 pm - Jerusalem Time

Aid officials warn of famine in Gaza this May

Relief officials and health experts warned on Friday of "famine in the Gaza Strip during this May, unless Israel lifts restrictions on aid, the fighting stops, and vital services return."

The American newspaper "The New York Times" quoted relief officials and health experts as saying, "We expect famine in Gaza during this month unless Israel lifts restrictions on aid."

The officials added, "Famine in Gaza is expected unless the fighting stops and vital services, such as health care and clean water, which must be in place to stave off malnutrition, are restored."

They explained that "hunger is worsening in Gaza as the Israeli attack on Rafah continues," the southernmost city of the Gaza Strip.

“We have never seen anything like this (the situation in the Gaza Strip) anywhere in the world,” said Janti Soeripto, president and CEO of Save the Children USA, according to the New York Times.

Earlier Friday, the President of the International Court of Justice, Nawaf Salam, ordered Israel to stop its military operations and all actions that cause living conditions that could lead to the immediate elimination of the Palestinians in Rafah.

This came during a session announcing the text of the International Court of Justice’s ruling regarding South Africa’s request to issue an order to stop the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip.

The president of the court added, “The ruling consists of three points, which are that Israel halt its military operations in Rafah, maintain the opening of the Rafah crossing to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip, and submit a report to the court within a month on the steps it will take.”

The war on Gaza left more than 116,000 Palestinians dead and wounded, most of them children and women, and about 10,000 missing amid massive destruction and famine that claimed the lives of children and the elderly.

Israel continues the war despite the International Criminal Court’s intention to issue arrest warrants against its Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and its Defense Minister, Yoav Galant, for their responsibility for “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity,” and despite the issuance of a resolution by the UN Security Council to immediately stop the fighting.

Source: Anatolia


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Aid officials warn of famine in Gaza this May