April 21, 2024

Gaza: Half a million people not able to get food

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health: 560 people have been killed, including at least 90 children, and 2,900 injured.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health: 560 people have been killed, including at least 90 children, and 2,900 injured.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health: 560 people have been killed, including at least 90 children, and 2,900 injured.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health around 560 people have been killed, including at least 90 children, and 2,900 injured since the Gaza conflict broke out between Israel and Hamas militants. Two UNRWA staff members have been killed and five UNRWA students.

Nearly half a million people have not been able to get their food rations this week since UNRWA food distribution centers are closed. All UNRWA schools across the Gaza Strip, including the Rehabilitation Centre for Visually Impaired and the two vocational centres in Gaza and Khan Younis, remain closed.

  • Mass displacement rapidly increased in the past 24 hours across the Gaza Strip, reaching over 187,518 (OCHA figures), and is expected to increase further. About 3,000 Palestinians in Gaza are still displaced following previous escalations. 
  • Nearly 137,500 internally displaced people (IDPs) are sheltering in 83 UNRWA schools in all areas of the Gaza Strip. As heavy airstrikes continue, more and more IDPs seek shelter in UNRWA’s schools. Every effort is being made to provide basic services to the IDPs. However, the conditions are difficult, with some shelters overcrowded, and with limited availability of potable water. Not all 83 schools are DES (designated emergency shelters) hence not prepared to receive IDPs. 
  • In coordination with the World Food Programme (WFP), bread was distributed to the displaced people in the shelters. 
  • UNRWA Field Office, where national and international staff are present, suffered collateral damage due to airstrikes in the Rimal area in the centre of City. 
  • In total, 18 UNRWA installations have been affected since 7 October. 

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