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UN: Families in Gaza eat one meal every 2 or 3 days

Friday 21-June-2024

NEW YORK, (PIC)

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that a number of families in southern Gaza Strip eat one meal every two or three days, while other families depend on sharing food with each other.

This was stated in press statements by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the United Nations, as reported on the UN News website.

OCHA explained that hundreds of thousands of displaced people in southern Gaza are suffering from limited access to shelter, healthcare, food, water and sanitation.

It added that between June 7 and 14 of the current month, the office conducted humanitarian assessments at displacement sites in Deir Al-Balah, Khan Yunis and the Al-Mawasi area of Rafah, and found that people are living in tents in overcrowded temporary shelters that are in dire need of repair and provide no protection from the intense heat.

The Office also explained that access to water is extremely low, and people are forced to stand in long queues for hours to obtain it, and they are compelled to rely on seawater for domestic use.

The UN office mentioned that there is a continuous spread of infectious diseases with sewage flooding, the proliferation of insects, rodents and snakes, and an almost complete lack of hygiene materials and sanitation facilities.

OCHA said that many families reported that they only eat one meal a day, and some eat one meal every two or three days, relying mainly on bread and sharing food with other families and rationing supplies.

It explained that access restrictions have continued to seriously undermine the delivery of essential humanitarian aid and services throughout Gaza.

The UN Deputy Spokesperson stressed the need to fully facilitate humanitarian operations in Gaza and remove all obstacles.

The Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip continues for the 259th day, with the death toll rising to 37,431, the majority of them children and women, in addition to 85,653 injured, in a non-final toll, as thousands of victims remain under the rubble and on the streets, while the occupation forces prevents ambulance and rescue teams from reaching them.

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