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Israel-Gaza War Live: Gaza’s 2.3m People Facing Crisis Levels Of Hunger And Risk Of Famine, Says UN-Backed Report

Gaza’s 2.3 million people face crisis levels of hunger and risk of famine, report saysGaza’s entire population is facing crisis levels of hunger as the risk of famine increases each day, according to a report published by a UN-backed body on Thursday.

The report by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification said:

There is a risk of famine and it is increasing each day that the current situation of intense hostilities and restricted humanitarian access persists or worsens …

Between 24 November and 7 December, over 90 percent of the population in the Gaza Strip (about 2.08 million people) was estimated to face high levels of acute food insecurity, classified in IPC Phase 3 or above (Crisis or worse). Among these, over 40 percent of the population (939,000 people) were in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) and over 15 percent (378,000 people) were in Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5).

Between 8 December 2023 and 7 February 2024, the entire population in the Gaza Strip (about 2.2 million people) is classified in IPC Phase 3 or above (Crisis or worse).

This is the highest share of people facing high levels of acute food insecurity that the IPC initiative has ever classified for any given area or country. Among these, about 50 percent of the population (1.17 million people) is in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) and at least one in four households (more than half a million people) is facing catastrophic conditions (IPC Phase 5, Catastrophe). These are characterized by households experiencing an extreme lack of food, starvation, and exhaustion of coping capacities.

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