Scorching heat, visible signs of waste and heavy fighting – global problems


In a warning, the UN World Food Program (WFP) reiterated his deep concern that people uprooted by the ongoing hostilities in southern Gaza remain traumatized and crowded into a narrow area along the beach “in the scorching summer heat.”

The UN agency’s deputy executive director, Carl Skau, previously noted that “active conflict and lawlessness” have made it “almost impossible” for WFP and its partners to meet rising needs.

Visible signs of waste

Among the alarming shortages facing the people of Gaza are the UN Aid Coordination Office, OCHAhighlighted a lack of milk and formula for babies, along with nutritional supplements for children and pregnant and lactating women.

Despite visible signs of wasting in children, no nutritional studies have been conducted to assess the extent of malnutrition and treating identified cases due to limited capacity,” the UN agency said in its latest report report published late Wednesday.

Prenatal and postnatal care is also unavailable, and some IDP locations have medical points that operate “only a few hours a day” without sufficient medication and “reports of emergency deliveries taking place in tents without medical support at late hours of the night.” ”, the UN agency explained.

Rafah emptied

Meanwhile, in the southernmost governorate of Rafah, “people continue to be displaced amid active fighting and bombardment,” OCHA said. It cited estimates from the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees, UNRWA, that only about 65,000 people remain in Rafah Governorate. Six weeks ago, before Israeli evacuation orders and military operations that paralyzed relief efforts, the area was home to 1.4 million refugees.

“At IDP sites, internally displaced persons are living in overcrowded makeshift shelters and tents that are in urgent need of repair and do not provide any protection against extreme heat,” OCHA said, citing the latest assessments of four sites in Deir al Balah, Khan Younis. and Al Mawasi – a total population of more than 130,000 people.

In a related development, OCHA also reported this for the first time since early June five fuel trucks entered Gaza. But supplies remain scarce “as No fuel has been delivered to the Strip in the past two weeks”.

Aid shops affected

According to WFP’s Skau, who visited Gaza last week, one million displaced people in southern Gaza are “stuck, without clean water or sanitation. It is a public health and protection disaster.”

In the north of Gaza, he noted that aid deliveries have improved, although people need a variety of more nutritious foods. But delivering life-saving aid is becoming increasingly difficult UN staff “spend five to eight hours every day waiting at checkpoints. Missiles hit our territory even though we had resolved the conflicts.”

“The breakdown of law and order means that we also face looting and violence amid a major security vacuum,” Mr. Skau continued, amid scenes of “large-scale destruction, rivers of sewage (and)”traumatized and exhausted people…from the south to the northern tip of the Strip”.

Meanwhile, OCHA said ground incursions and heavy fighting continue to be reported in locations including Beit Hanoun, south of Gaza City, eastern Deir al Balah, northeastern Khan Younis, as well as in central and southern Rafah.

Deadly harvest

The latest UN assessments also show that in addition to southern Gaza’s lack of access to shelter, health care, fresh food, water and sanitation, more than half of the enclave’s arable land has been damaged.

This has seriously disrupted Gaza’s food supply chain, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization warned.FAO) and the UN Satellite Center (UNOSAT), in its judgement of croplands, greenhouses and other agricultural structures.

Although more than 40 percent of the Gaza Strip’s total area is covered by fields, vegetable plantations and orchards (about 150 square kilometers), the UN agencies highlighted a “significant decrease” in harvest potential due to “devastating movements of heavy vehicles” . , bombings, shelling and other conflict-related operations”.

About 57 percent of Gaza’s agricultural land was damaged in May this year, compared to more than 40 percent in mid-February, according to FAO and UNOSAT estimates.

Hundreds of agricultural structures have also been damaged, the FAO said, including 537 housing sheds, 484 broiler farms, 397 sheep farms and 256 agricultural warehouses, in addition to almost half of Gaza’s agricultural warehouses. agricultural wells (1,049 out of 2,261) as of May 20.

The latest data from Gaza health authorities shows that at least 37,396 Palestinians have been killed and 85,523 injured in the enclave.

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