Ministry of Health in Gaza: 2 more children starve to death in Gaza

The Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that 2 more children died of starvation in Gaza, where Israel's attacks caused a humanitarian catastrophe by starving and dehydrating the people

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In a statement by the Ministry of Health in Gaza, it was stated that 2 children died due to malnutrition and dehydration in Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, where Israel prevented the entry of humanitarian aid in addition to the northern regions.

Pointing to the 4 children who died in Kemal Advan Hospital due to the same reasons, the statement said that the number of children who died due to malnutrition and dehydration increased to 6.

“We call on international organizations to take immediate action to prevent the humanitarian catastrophe in the northern Gaza Strip. The international community faces a moral and humanitarian test to stop the genocide committed by occupying Israel in the Gaza Strip.”

Husam Abu Safiye, Director of Kemal Adwan Hospital, announced that 4 children in the hospital died due to malnutrition and dehydration, and that the hospital was out of service due to lack of fuel.

A humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding in the Gaza Strip, with a population of 2.3 million, as the Israeli army has continued its 145-day offensive targeting civilian settlements, hospitals, schools and shelters where displaced Palestinians have taken refuge, as well as blocking the entry of humanitarian aid.

International organizations, including UN agencies, are calling for a ceasefire in Gaza and an increase in the flow of humanitarian aid to the region, as most hospitals are out of service, medical supplies are in short supply, and diseases are triggered by hunger, thirst and lack of hygiene supplies.

Although the International Court of Justice’s January 26 injunction against Israel included the provision of access to humanitarian aid in Gaza, aid entering Gaza in February dropped by half compared to January, he said.

According to UN agencies, 378,000 people in Gaza face “catastrophic” level 5 hunger on the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) scale and 939,000 people face “emergency” level 4 hunger.

Acute food insecurity in the Gaza Strip has reached 16.2 percent, exceeding the World Health Organization’s “critical” bar of 15 percent. There has been a significant increase in acute food insecurity among children between the ages of 6 and 59 months.

Since October 7, 2023, 29,954 Palestinians, including at least 12,660 children and 8,570 women, have been killed and 70,325 people have been injured in Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip.

While thousands of dead are still reported under the rubble, civilian infrastructure is also being destroyed by targeting hospitals and educational institutions where people seek refuge.

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