Supervisor Elham AbolFateh
Editor in Chief Mohamed Wadie

UN Warns of Critical Shortages for Nearly Two Million in Gaza

Thu 16 May 2024 | 12:22 AM

United Nations officials have announced that they no longer have food or tents for distribution to nearly two million people in Gaza, the majority of whom have been displaced from their homes and rely on aid to stave off looming famine.

Speaking to "The Guardian," these officials detailed how their storage facilities in Gaza are now empty, with no prospects for resupply as long as the main entry points into the sector remain closed following recent Israeli attacks.

Georgios Petropoulos, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Gaza, expressed dire conditions: "There are no tents left in the humanitarian warehouses, and there is also no remaining food stock from the World Food Programme or UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees)."

Petropoulos added, "Time is running out to establish a sustainable passage for expected humanitarian supplies to southern Gaza."

During the seven-month conflict, as reported by "The Guardian," the World Food Programme and UNRWA have been essential in providing the basics for survival to many Gaza residents.

The Rafah crossing remains closed on the Palestinian side after being seized last week by Israeli forces. UN officials told "The Guardian" that ongoing fighting and severe logistical challenges related to the Israeli assault on Rafah have made it impossible to introduce large convoys through the Kerem Shalom crossing.