Sullivan warns global food security group could declare famine in Gaza within weeks

Palestinians crowd together as they wait for food distribution in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, November 8, 2023. (AP Photo/ Hatem Ali, File)
Palestinians crowd together as they wait for food distribution in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, November 8, 2023. (AP Photo/ Hatem Ali, File)

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan warned Israeli counterparts during yesterday’s virtual meeting on Rafah that the UN-backed Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) organization could issue a famine declaration for Gaza in the coming weeks, which would have major implications for Israel and the US, the Axios news site reports.

Sullivan said this would be the third such declaration of the 21st century.

The Israeli officials in the meetings retorted that they dispute this assessment, but their US counterparts pointed out that Jerusalem is the only government in the world currently rejecting the IPC’s assessments.

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