Urgent action needed to avoid famine in Gaza: UK foreign minister

Displaced Palestinian families in Gaza have their first Ramadan Iftar on what's left of their homes, which were demolished by Israeli airstrikes. [Photo: WAFA News Agency]

British Foreign Minister David Cameron has voiced serious worries about the potential for famine in Gaza, following the release of a report by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC). Cameron emphasised the urgent need for action to prevent a humanitarian disaster.

The IPC report, conducted by UN-linked organizations, highlighted that 70% of the population in northern Gaza is facing severe hunger levels. Specifically, the report classified northern Gaza and its surrounding districts under IPC Phase 5, indicating famine conditions with substantial evidence.

This classification suggests that around 210,000 people, constituting approximately 70% of the population in northern Gaza, are experiencing catastrophic hunger levels.

The situation in Gaza has been exacerbated by ongoing genocide by Israel killing more than 31,000 Palestinians since October 2023. More than 73,000 have injured. The region faces widespread destruction and shortages of essential supplies.

The Israeli military operations have led to the internal displacement of 85% of Gaza’s population, amid a severe blockade restricting access to food, clean water, and medicine. Additionally, 60% of Gaza’s infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, according to the UN.

Israel faces accusations of genocide at the International Court of Justice, with an interim ruling in January urging Tel Aviv to prevent acts of genocide by its forces and ensure the provision of humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza.

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