UNICEF: Providing aid is a matter of life or death for children in Gaza

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) stated today that delivering aid is a matter of life or death for children in Gaza, amidst the ongoing Israeli onslaught and famine against the Palestinian territory.

The UN agency emphasized that “delivering aid is a matter of life or death for children in Gaza,” stressing “the urgent need for water, food, medicine, and fuel supplies.”

“We need an immediate and permanent ceasefire to enable the urgent delivery of life-saving aid,” the humanitarian agency said.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed concern that the wide-scale ground assault on Rafah city by the Israeli army could negatively impact the delivery of humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza.

Several UN agencies and relief groups reported that the fighting in Gaza and the lack of assistance from the Israeli army to facilitate aid delivery, along with the collapse of public services in the sector, have increased the difficulty of sending aid convoys to most parts of Gaza, as reported by The New York Times.

Gaza is facing a major humanitarian catastrophe, with the United Nations declaring that 2.2 million people, the vast majority of the population, are at risk of “mass starvation.”

The entry of aid into Gaza is subject to Israel’s approval, and transporting it to the northern part of the sector has become nearly impossible due to destruction and fighting. 300,000 people are facing famine in this area, according to the United Nations.

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