The population of Gaza is “starving” due to the limitations imposed on humanitarian aid since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas. This was denounced this Wednesday by the director of the health emergencies program of the World Health Organization (WHO), Michael Ryan.
“It is a population that is dying of hunger. “It is a population that is on the brink of the abyss,” he declared.
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At a news conference in Geneva, Ryan said that “the Palestinians in Gaza are immersed in a huge catastrophe. If you ask me if the catastrophe can worsen, yes, completely,” he stated.
“Civilians must be protected”
The official said that “Gaza civilians are not part of this conflict and must be protected, as should health facilities.”
The conflict broke out on October 7 with a raid by Hamas commandos that killed about 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and kidnapped about 250 in southern Israel.
Palestinians distribute bread rations to the population of Gaza (Photo: AFP)
The offensive launched by Israel with the aim of “annihilating” Hamas, in power in Gaza, caused almost 27,000 deaths, mostly women, children and minors, according to the Ministry of Health of the Gaza Strip, governed by that Islamic group since 2007.