The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) warns that Palestinians in Gaza are currently experiencing catastrophic hunger, and are on the verge of a completely avoidable man-induced famine, engineered by Israel as a weapon of war to destroy the Palestinian people. Crippled by 16-years of a punitive military siege and blockade, even prior to October 7th, Gaza was already de-developed to the point of dysfunction, with over one million people dependent on food aid for survival. Since March, due to Israel’s genocidal policies and implementation of a total siege in North Gaza, and the denial of life-saving aid into the territory, at least 28 children have died from malnutrition and dehydration –– adding their number to the 33,207 Palestinians killed since October 7th. UNICEF warns that this number will likely rise should Israel’s assault on Gaza continue and obstacles it has imposed on humanitarian aid remain. Full resourcing of UNRWA is urgently needed to provide for the survival of the Palestinian people in Gaza.

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