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Babies being born already malnourished in Gaza

Dominic Allen, a representative for the UN Population Fund Palestine, recently visited the Emirati hospital in Rafah.

Conditions at the facility’s maternity ward are deeply disturbing, he said, with a stark rise in malnourished newborns and stillborn deaths.

  • “The doctors are reporting that they no longer see normal-sized babies,” Allen told Al Jazeera.
  • “What they do see though tragically is more stillborn babies and more neonatal deaths.”

UNICEF, the UN’s children agency, said 31 percent of children under the age of two in northern Gaza have acute malnutrition, compared with 15.6 percent in January.

Source: Al Jazeera

Humanitarian situation in Gaza is ‘beyond catastrophic’

Jagan Chapagain, the head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, says civilians in Gaza are “facing an unprecedented level of indignity, misery and suffering”.

  • “The healthcare situation is on the brink of collapse with hospitals facing desperate conditions,” he said in a statement on X, adding that the humanitarian situation in the enclave is “beyond catastrophic”.
  • Chapagain also said that “an escalating food crisis exacerbates an already dire situation,” with countless people having nothing to break their fast with in Ramadan.

“The plight of [Israeli] hostages remains a serious humanitarian concern, leaving their families caught between despair and hope as they wait for news about their loved ones,” the IFRC chief added.

Source: Al Jazeera

‘Words can’t describe’ situation in Gaza: Doctors Without Borders

A staff member of the international medical charity Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) has described the situation in northern Gaza, including the lack of food and medical supplies.

  • “The current situation in Gaza is catastrophic and words can’t describe it,” MSF nurse Loay Harb said, according to a post published by the organisation on X.

Harb, one of four staff members still working for MSF in the northern part of the enclave, said people have no water, flour, electricity and – at most times – no internet or mobile connection to communicate with the world.

Humanitarian organisations, including the UN, have repeatedly warned of the risk of famine in northern Gaza, an area that has not been reached by aid in weeks.

Harb said the clinic where he worked could only treat patients with severe burns and wounds with basic healthcare.

Source: AL Jazeera


‘We want to eat’: Palestinian child pleads to Egyptians from atop electricity pole

A Palestinian child has been filmed pleading to Egyptian soldiers for food after climbing an electricity pole to rise above the fence at Gaza’s southern border.

  • “I want to die now. We want to eat, we want to live. Why.. There is no food to eat my brothers. We want to eat,” he pleaded, according to a video posted by a Palestinian activist on Instagram and verified by Al Jazeera’s Sanad unit.

The UN Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA, earlier warned that one in three children in Gaza are malnourished and that “famine is looming.”


Source: Al Jazeera