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Hunger kills more children in Gaza, WHO warns

Geneva, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) The number of newborns and children on the verge of death is increasing due to hunger, caused by five months of intense bombings by Israel on Gaza, and constant denials of access to aid, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Wednesday.

WHO Spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said that more and more children are on the brink of death and in need of re-feeding, a day after world nutrition experts said that famine might occur at any time in the north of the Gaza Strip.

In this regard, the spokesman for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA), Volker Türk, explained that “these are not projections, but most likely to occur in a period that started two days ago, in mid-March.”

What they are saying, clearly, is that the threshold of famine may already be occurring in northern Gaza, he said.

While infants and children are among those least able to cope with chronic hunger, the United Nations health agency said that medical teams in the war-torn enclave admitted an increasing number of pregnant women who are dangerously underweight.

The complications they suffer from are caused by malnutrition during their pregnancy, so what happens in Gaza, from a medical point of view, is totally man-made.

According to WHO, this was a territory where the health system was working well and malnutrition was non-existent, with a population that could feed itself.