‘Everyone is hungry’: UN says Israel destroying Gaza’s food system, weaponizing food

United Nations human rights experts have warned that “every single person” in the war-torn Gaza Strip is facing hunger amid Israel’s war and blockade against the besieged enclave, calling for sustained delivery of aid to prevent starvation.

“Currently every single person in Gaza is hungry, a quarter of the population are starving and struggling to find food and drinkable water, and famine is imminent. Pregnant women are not receiving adequate nutrition and healthcare, putting their lives at risk,” the UN experts said on Wednesday.

“In addition, all children under five – 335,000 – are at high risk of severe malnutrition as the risk of famine conditions continues to increase, a whole generation is now in danger of suffering from stunting,” they added.

The UN experts went on to say that Israel is destroying Gaza’s food system and using food as a weapon against Palestinians, noting that “It is unprecedented to make an entire civilian population go hungry this completely and quickly.”

Gazans now make up 80 percent of all people facing famine or catastrophic hunger worldwide, marking an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in the blockaded territory, they stated

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