Palestinian Children Are Dying from Hunger in Northern Gaza – Reports

Ahmed Hijazi died due to malnutrition and famine in the northern Gaza Strip. (Image: Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Palestinian medical sources said that a Palestinian boy, Ahmed Hijazi died due to malnutrition and famine in the northern Gaza Strip, where international organizations have not been able to deliver aid for more than a week. 

On Thursday, the Ministry of Health announced the death of 13 children due to famine and malnutrition in the same region. 

Palestinian journalist Hassan Islah documented on his Instagram account on Friday morning the testimony of a Palestinian child talking about their suffering due to the starvation imposed by the Israeli siege on northern Gaza.


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The scenes showed the condition of the child and his family in light of the interruption of food and food. “We used to eat animal food. We slept hungry, and we used to stay three days (at a time) without eating.”

The displaced Palestinians inside the shelters in the northern Gaza Strip also live difficult lives as Israel does not allow food to enter the area, and often opens fire at aid trucks.

Early Thursday, Israeli forces shelled a crowd of Palestinians waiting for humanitarian aid south of Gaza City at the ‘Al-Nabulsi Roundabout’ area, leaving at least 112 Palestinians dead and nearly 800 injured, according to the Gaza-based Health Ministry.

“The desperate situation inside the shelters is beyond cruel, with overflowing sewage in the schoolyard, accumulation of dirt and waste and the appalling spread of disease among displaced people, especially children,” Al-Jazeera reported. 

“Displaced people are suffering from extremely difficult humanitarian conditions, due to severe shortages of food and water, which make them vulnerable to diseases and worsening food shortages,” it added. 

This dire situation has forced residents of the northern Gaza Strip to search for any food that could be eaten, some even grinding livestock and poultry feed to eat, while others search agricultural land for the leaves that the land grows to satisfy their hunger.

In the south and center of the Gaza Strip, residents face great hardship in providing foodstuffs, due to their shortage and the high prices amid soaring poverty.

Once more, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres sounded alarm bells when he said that international organizations had not been able to deliver aid for more than a week to the northern Gaza Strip.

Guterres said in a tweet that desperate civilians in Gaza needed urgent help, including residents of the northern Gaza Strip.

Death Toll Rises

Currently on trial before the International Court of Justice for genocide against Palestinians, Israel has been waging a devastating war on Gaza since October 7. 

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 30,035 Palestinians have been killed, and 70,457 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

Moreover, at least 7,000 people are unaccounted for, presumed dead under the rubble of their homes throughout the Strip. 

Palestinian and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

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The Israeli aggression has also resulted in the forceful displacement of nearly two million people from all over the Gaza Strip, with the vast majority of the displaced forced into the densely crowded southern city of Rafah near the border with Egypt – in what has become Palestine’s largest mass exodus since the 1948 Nakba.

Israel says that 1,200 soldiers and civilians were killed during the Al-Aqsa Flood Operation on October 7. Israeli media published reports suggesting that many Israelis were killed on that day by ‘friendly fire.’ 

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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