1.1M Palestinians are experiencing "catastrophic food insecurity" - IPC

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GAZA – On Monday, the UN published a food security assessment that warns that half of Gaza's population is currently grappling with "catastrophic" hunger, with the northern region facing the imminent threat of famine.اضافة اعلان

Beth Bechdol, the Deputy Director-General at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), described the unprecedented nature of the crisis, emphasizing that 50 percent of the entire population being at catastrophic levels of food insecurity is alarming and unprecedented, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

Approximately 1.1 million Palestinians are reportedly experiencing "catastrophic food insecurity" as a result of the Israeli war on Gaza, according to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report.

The classification system, utilized by the UN and relief agencies, assesses famine levels on a scale from one to five and is crucial in determining whether to declare a famine.

The situation in northern Gaza is particularly dire, and relief agencies are having difficulty accessing the area for food distribution and other essential aid.

According to the report, famine is on the brink of striking the northern regions, with predictions indicating that it could occur anytime between mid-March and May 2024. The report underscores the situation's urgency: "Waiting for a retroactive famine classification before taking action is unacceptable."

While donor countries have resorted to delivering aid via air or sea, UN agencies stress that neither method adequately replaces ground delivery of humanitarian assistance.

The report outlines that famine is likely to occur based on the "most likely scenario," taking into account assumptions that the war will escalate, potentially including a ground attack in Rafah. Ongoing hostilities continue to impede the delivery of much-needed humanitarian aid.

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