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UN: Northern Gaza Strip Suffers from Severe Famine

Sun 05 May 2024 | 03:18 PM
Ahmed Emam

The head of the World Food Programme (WFP), Cindy McCain, has revealed that the northern regions of the Gaza Strip are experiencing a severe famine which is now spreading to southern areas.

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas has resulted in a lack of food, water, and other essential supplies. While WFP has not officially declared a famine, reports of hunger and starvation are increasing. McCain has called for a ceasefire to enable the distribution of food to those in need to be carried out more quickly. 

As the fighting moves southwards, the north of Gaza is becoming increasingly lawless, with little governance or policing and reports of armed militias taking control.

Speaking to media, McCain described the conditions in northern Gaza as "horrific."

“It’s horror. It’s, you know, it’s so hard to look at and it’s so hard to hear, also,” she said.   

“What I can explain to you is — is that there is famine — full-blown famine — in the north, and it’s moving its way south…Whenever you have conflicts like this, and emotions rage high, and things happen in a war, famine happens,” said McCain.