ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 144

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Six days of aid not enough to keep Gaza from starving, UN agency warns

Palestinians walk among destroyed buildings in Gaza City on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023. (AP/Adel Hana)
Palestinians walk among destroyed buildings in Gaza City on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023. (AP/Adel Hana)

The population of Gaza risks famine if humanitarian food supplies do not continue, the UN’s World Food Programme warns.

Six days is “not enough to make any meaningful impact,” the agency says, calling for “uninterrupted and regular supplies” of food into Gaza.

The WFP says it delivered food to 121,161 people in Gaza since Friday, when a four-day truce between Israel and Hamas began. The truce was extended by two days on Tuesday.

“Thanks to the pause, our teams have been in action on the ground, going into areas we haven’t reached for a long time. What we see is catastrophic,” says WFP’s director for the Middle East, Corinne Fleischer.

WFP estimates that it is “highly likely that the population of Gaza, especially women and children, are at high risk of famine if WFP is not able to provide continued access to food.”

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