WHO Warns of Acute Malnutrition Risk for 8,000 Children Amid Catastrophic Hunger in Gaza

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently expressed grave concern over the escalating humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The organization’s chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has stated that a massive proportion of Gaza’s population is now facing catastrophic hunger and famine-like conditions.

According to the WHO, thousands of Palestinian children in Gaza have been diagnosed with malnutrition. The situation is particularly alarming for children under five years old, with 8,000 of them diagnosed and treated for acute malnutrition. However, due to the ongoing conflict and lack of access, only two stabilization centers for severely malnourished patients are currently operational. This has resulted in 32 deaths attributed to malnutrition.

The crisis is further exacerbated by Israel’s continued restriction on the supply of food, water, medicine, and fuel to the territory. Despite reports of increased food delivery, there is currently no evidence that those who need it most are receiving sufficient quantity and quality of food.

The United Nations has repeatedly warned of the risk of famine as Israel continues its war on Gaza. In response to this, the International Court of Justice ordered Israel to ensure the delivery of basic services and essential humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza. Despite this, last month, Israel seized and shut down the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt, which had served as a major gateway for aid and humanitarian workers.

The International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan requested arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Yoav Gallant on charges of alleged war crimes, including using “starvation of civilians as a method of warfare”. A UN-backed independent commission also accused Israel of inflicting hunger on Palestinians.

In addition to the malnutrition crisis, Gaza is also facing an accumulation of waste in populated areas, posing catastrophic environmental and health risks. The war in Gaza, which began on Oct. 7, has displaced most of Gaza’s population of 2.3 million and caused widespread hunger and destruction.

The situation in Gaza is not just a local issue, but a global concern. The crisis has provoked mass demonstrations across the Muslim world, with huge crowds turning out in capitals as far apart as Jakarta, Cairo, and Istanbul. The resilience and faith of the people of Gaza have been on full display during this horrific time of genocide and exploitation.

Gaza, despite enduring numerous hardships, is home to a people of remarkable resilience and unwavering faith. They have reaffirmed their love of God and for the Prophet Muhammad, using their beliefs as comfort during the most desperate circumstances. Their resolve in the face of adversity can inspire Muslims worldwide not to despair nor succumb to pressure to compromise on their beliefs and commitment to their faith.

The international community, particularly the US and the collective West, have much to answer for. The global community must act now to prevent the unthinkable, the unacceptable, and the unjustifiable. The only way to halt the famine is to ensure daily deliveries of food supplies “in a very short time”.

The Muslim community worldwide is deeply concerned about the situation in Gaza. The crisis is not just a humanitarian issue, but also a matter of faith and solidarity. The Muslim Ummah is urged to pray for their brothers and sisters in Gaza and contribute to relief efforts.

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