WHO: Most of Gaza’s Population is Starving

INDONESIAUPDATES.COM, News En – The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced on Wednesday that the majority of Gaza’s population is experiencing severe hunger. “The vast majority of Gaza’s population is now facing famine and famine conditions,” Tedros stated during a press conference.

Despite reports of increased food deliveries to the region, Tedros emphasized that there is currently no evidence that those most in need are receiving food in sufficient quantity and quality. He highlighted that over 8,000 children under the age of five have been diagnosed and treated for acute malnutrition, with 1,600 of them suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

“Due to insecurity and lack of access, only two stabilization centers for malnourished patients are operational,” Tedros added. He also pointed out that the inability to provide health services safely, coupled with a lack of clean water and sanitation, significantly increases the risk of malnutrition among children.

The ongoing conflict in Gaza began on October 7, 2023, after a Hamas-led militia attack killed 1,200 Israelis and took over 250 people hostage to the Gaza Strip. In retaliation, Israel launched relentless attacks on Gaza, resulting in the deaths of more than 37,000 Palestinians. The Israeli army has also closed the borders, blocking the entry of humanitarian aid to Gaza civilians. As a result, the majority of Gaza’s 2.3 million residents are now facing food shortages and starvation.

A UN investigation released on Wednesday found that both Israel and Hamas committed war crimes at the start of the Gaza conflict. The investigation also concluded that Israel’s actions constituted crimes against humanity due to the extensive civilian casualties.

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In addition to the crisis in Gaza, Tedros highlighted another emerging health crisis in the West Bank, where health services have been targeted in nearly 500 attacks since October 7. “While the world’s focus is on Gaza, there is also a growing health crisis in the West Bank, where attacks on health services and restrictions on movement are preventing access to medical care,” he said.

Tedros explained that in many areas of the West Bank, clinics are only operating two days a week, and hospitals are functioning at around 70 percent capacity. This limited access to health services further exacerbates the humanitarian crisis in the region.


FAQ: WHO Report on Gaza’s Hunger Crisis


1. What did the WHO report say about the situation in Gaza? The WHO report stated that the vast majority of Gaza’s population is facing famine conditions, with severe food shortages affecting the region.

2. Who is Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus? Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

3. What are the key statistics on malnutrition in Gaza mentioned in the report? The report highlighted that over 8,000 children under the age of five have been diagnosed and treated for acute malnutrition, including 1,600 children with severe acute malnutrition.

4. Why are there only two operational stabilization centers for malnourished patients in Gaza? Due to insecurity and lack of access, only two stabilization centers for malnourished patients are operational.

5. How does the current conflict in Gaza relate to the hunger crisis? The conflict began on October 7, 2023, when a Hamas-led militia attack killed 1,200 Israelis and took over 250 hostages to Gaza. Israel retaliated with relentless attacks on Gaza, leading to the deaths of more than 37,000 Palestinians. The Israeli army also closed borders, blocking humanitarian aid, which has exacerbated the food shortage and hunger crisis.

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6. What did the UN investigation reveal about the conflict? The UN investigation found that both Israel and Hamas committed war crimes at the start of the Gaza conflict. It also concluded that Israel’s actions amounted to crimes against humanity due to the significant civilian casualties.

7. What other health crises are occurring in the region? In the West Bank, there is a growing health crisis with nearly 500 attacks on health services since October 7. Restrictions on movement are preventing access to medical care, causing clinics to operate only two days a week and hospitals to run at around 70% capacity.

8. What are the main challenges in providing health services in Gaza and the West Bank? The main challenges include insecurity, restricted access, lack of clean water and sanitation, and targeted attacks on health services. These factors significantly hinder the ability to provide adequate medical care and contribute to the rising malnutrition rates.

9. What is the population of Gaza currently facing due to the border closures? The majority of Gaza’s 2.3 million residents are facing severe food shortages and starvation due to the border closures and blockade on humanitarian aid.

10. What can be done to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza? Addressing the humanitarian crisis requires immediate and unhindered access to humanitarian aid, increased food and medical supplies, and the establishment of safe and operational health centers. International pressure and diplomatic efforts are also crucial to lifting the blockade and ensuring the protection of civilians.


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