UN agencies warn of an “explosion” in the number of child deaths in Gaza

Geneva (UNA/WAFA) - The United Nations has warned that alarming food shortages, widespread malnutrition, and the rapid spread of diseases are factors that could lead to an “explosion” of the number of child deaths in the Gaza Strip..

UN agencies said that food and clean water had become “very scarce” in the besieged Palestinian enclave, and that almost all young children were suffering from infectious diseases..

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Ted Chaiban said that Gaza is about to witness “an explosion in preventable child deaths, which could double the already unbearable level of child mortality.”".

At least 90% of children under the age of five in Gaza are affected by one or more infectious diseases, according to a report issued by UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the World Food Programme. 70% had had diarrhea in the past two weeks, a 23-fold increase compared to 2022..

For his part, Mike Ryan, head of emergency situations at the World Health Organization, said: “Hunger and disease are a deadly combination.” “Hungry, weak and severely traumatized children are more vulnerable to disease,” he added. Sick children, especially those with diarrhea, cannot absorb nutrients well".

According to a United Nations assessment, more than 15% of children under the age of two, or one in six, suffer from “acute malnutrition” in northern Gaza, and are almost completely deprived of humanitarian aid..

UN agencies warned that “this data was collected in January, and the current situation is likely to be more serious.”".

In the southern Gaza Strip, 5% of children under the age of two suffer from acute malnutrition, according to the assessment.

The UN agencies said that “this deterioration in the nutritional situation” of a people within three months is “unprecedented in the world.”".

The death toll from the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip has risen to 29029 martyrs and 69028 wounded since October XNUMX, according to non-final statistics.

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