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 Vrees voor hongersnood in Gaza infographic
Graphic charts aspects of Gaza’s food shortages.


Massale sterfte dreigt in door hongersnood getroffen Gaza

By Ninian Carter

March 19, 2024 - Catastrophic food shortages in the Gaza Strip will see mass death from famine without an immediate ceasefire and surge in food aid, says global hunger monitor the IPC.

Food shortages in northern Gaza are so extreme that they already exceed famine levels, with mass death now imminent, unless an immediate ceasefire and increase in food distribution occurs.

That is the assessment of the Integrated Food-Security Phase Classification (IPC), who say 70% of people in parts of northern Gaza are suffering more than triple the 20% threshold to be considered famine.

A famine is underway if 20% of households face an extreme lack of food, 30% of children suffer from acute malnutrition, and two adults or four children per 10,000 people die from malnutrition and disease every day.

Gaza’s health ministry says 27 children and three adults have died so far from malnutrition.

The IPC says between March and July 2024, more than 1,000,000 Gazans, half the population, will be classified as suffering from Phase 5 food insecurity – a catastrophic famine.

PUBLISHED: 19/03/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images