‘Full-scale famine’ in northern Gaza, says World Food Program director

He said “full-scale famine” existed in northern Gaza and was spreading to the south. Cindy McCainExecutive Director of the World Food Program.

“What I can explain is that there’s a famine, a real famine, in the North, and it’s moving south,” McCain said. He told NBC’s Kristen Welker. In an interview broadcast on Sunday.

McCain said his comments were not an official declaration of famine, which must meet certain criteria, but were based on what WFP staff had seen and experienced in Gaza.

“It’s horror,” she added.

It is the first time the WFP chief has classified the situation in Gaza as famine, but the international organization has been dancing around the label for months as the famine in Gaza worsens.However, as Historian Jan Slobodkin writes: For Slate, whether the severe famine in Gaza is officially declared a famine is irrelevant from a humanitarian perspective.

Israel inflicted staggering levels of destruction and suffering in the Gaza Strip in retaliatory strikes after the October 7 Hamas attack that killed 1,200 people. The Gaza Strip has been destroyed by the IDF’s relentless bombing campaign. farmland, critical infrastructure and vast residential area.More than 34,000 people were killed in Gaza, most of them women and childrenover 10,000 more It appears to be buried under rubble.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Said A statement this week said it could take up to three years to recover the bodies using the tools on hand.

As Gazans starve, Israeli authorities continue to restricting the transport of humanitarian aid supplies; and excessive waiting times for deliveries at checkpoints. Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine director at Human Rights Watch, accused Israel of using hunger as food. “Weapons of War”.

The humanitarian crisis is particularly acute in northern Gaza, where people rely on eating grass and animal feed. NPR reported. At least 32 people died from malnutrition and dehydration in the north, 28 of them children. The Gaza Ministry of Health said:.

This article was first published MSNBC.com

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