More than 500,000 people in Gaza face catastrophic conditions characterized by food shortages, according to the United Nations (Anatolia)

Axios quoted American officials as saying that there is growing concern within the White House about the threat of famine in the Gaza Strip, which has been subjected to a devastating Israeli war since the seventh of last October.

The American website indicated that the administration of US President Joe Biden is considering airdropping humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip, with the increasing difficulty of delivering it by land.

One American official told the site, "The situation has become really bad. We are unable to get enough aid by truck, so we need desperate measures like airdrops."

As Israeli forces continue to prevent the entry of aid into northern Gaza and allow it to enter in small quantities to other areas in the Strip, the World Food Program said last Tuesday that “unless there is any change, northern Gaza faces imminent famine.”

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) reported a 50% decrease in the number of trucks that have entered Gaza so far this month compared to last January.

Disastrous conditions

For its part, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs indicated expectations indicating that "all residents of the Gaza Strip face a crisis or worse levels of food insecurity."

The office warned that more than 500,000 people out of Gaza's 2.4 million people "face catastrophic conditions characterized by food shortages, famine, and exhausted adaptive capacities."

Negotiations are currently taking place between the Palestinian factions and Israel, mediated by Egypt, Qatar, and the United States, with the aim of reaching a calm in Gaza, releasing Israeli detainees and Palestinian prisoners, and supporting the humanitarian situation in the Strip.

Since October 7, 2023, Israel has been waging a devastating war on the Gaza Strip that has left tens of thousands martyred and injured, most of them children and women, according to Palestinian and UN data, which led to Israel being brought before the International Court of Justice on charges of committing the crime of genocide.

Source: Axios + Agencies