14-Jul-2024  Srinagar booked.net

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Malnutrition Worsens In Gaza

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Malnutrition has worsened in Gaza with one Hospital registering 50 Children in One Week, reports Anadolu Agency.

Hossam Abu Safiya, the director of Kamal Adwan Hospital, issued a statement on Sunday indicating that the health system in Gaza is being deliberately targeted, resulting in widespread malnutrition and poor hygiene among the Palestinian population.

"We are trying to resume medical services at a minimum despite fuel shortages," he said.

Following the Israeli military’s invasion of the Rafah land crossing with Egypt on May 7, aid in the form of medicines, food, and water has been severely restricted.

According to recent data from UNICEF, the situation of child malnutrition in Gaza is dire and worsening. The agency reports that around 1 in 3 children under 2 years old in the northern Gaza Strip are acutely malnourished, a sharp increase from previous months. Overall, an estimated 180,000 children across Gaza are suffering from various levels of malnutrition, including severe acute malnutrition, which is life-threatening and requires urgent medical intervention.

The rise in malnutrition rates is linked to the ongoing war, severe restrictions on humanitarian aid, and a collapse of essential services. UNICEF and other humanitarian organizations have been struggling to deliver necessary aid and medical supplies due to access constraints, leading to a rapid escalation in malnutrition among Gaza's youngest and most vulnerable residents

Israel has continued its war on Gaza since last October, despite a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire.