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Gaza: From open-air prison to cemetery

The shortage of food in some areas of the Gaza Strip has already far exceeded famine levels, and mass deaths are imminent without an immediate ceasefire and increased supplies to zones isolated by fighting.


This is the warning from the Hunger Observatory, supported by Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, who has said that Gaza is now a cemetery for thousands of Palestinians and the principles of humanitarian law.

Before the war, it explained to the EU Council of Ministers, this territory was the biggest open-air prison and today it is the biggest open-air graveyard.

Borrell hopes that ministers are now preparing the way for EU leaders to revise their joint position on the situation in this territory at the Summit held here between Thursday and Friday. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has affirmed that the risk of famine in the Gaza Strip is a man-made disaster and reiterated the need for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire and for the authorities of Israel to guarantee full and unrestricted access to humanitarian aid in the enclave.

The latest report about food insecurity in Gaza is an appalling accusation about the conditions on the ground for civilians, said Guterres after the publication of the text by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), where he describes famine in the northern part of the Strip as ‘imminent;.

More than half of the Palestinians there, 1.1 million people, have completely exhausted their food supplies and face catastrophic levels of hunger, the Secretary-General said, adding that the figures reflect the largest number of people in such conditions ever recorded by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification, anywhere and at any time. PL

(Translated by Donna Davison – Email: – Photos: Pixabay

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