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Press release

Occupied Palestinian Territory

Action Against Hunger reaffirms calls for an immediate and permanent ceasefire

The conflict in Gaza has led over 1 million people to face catastrophic levels of food insecurity – a single step away from famine. Widespread and intense violence has forced 85% of the population in the Gaza Strip to flee their homes. 81% of households lack access to safe and clean water and in northern Gaza, people go entire days and nights without eating. Action Against Hunger emergency staff in Gaza are direct witnesses to the overcrowded shelters and the astonishing number of children alone and trapped with nowhere safe to go

“The catastrophe in Gaza is only worsening and we must do everything we can to prevent further death, hunger, and destruction. Famine is preventable if there is an immediate cessation of hostilities and an immediate and permanent ceasefire”, expresses Olivier Longué, Action Against Hunger General Director.

The current threat and escalation of violence in Rafah gravely jeopardizes humanitarian operations. “The numbers of humanitarian staff killed – at least 196 deaths since 7 October – prevent the assurance of safety and access for humanitarian workers to carry out their jobs. The safeguarding of aid workers is not only vital to respond to the pressing needs of the population but is also a fundamental obligation under International Humanitarian Law” adds Olivier Longué.

Since October 2023, Action Against Hunger has reached over 800,000 beneficiaries in Gaza. In the face of extremely challenging security conditions and hardship, our teams in Gaza work tirelessly to provide food, water, sanitation and hygiene services, and protection to the population in Gaza.

“Malnutrition, dehydration, and starvation target the most vulnerable. The risk is much higher the younger the child.After overcoming many challenges, we are about to launch a nutrition programme. We aim to reach every month over 13,000 children and lactating women in the Strip by distributing supplementary nutrients to prevent them from becoming malnourished”, explains Natalia Anguera, Action Against Hunger Head of Operations for the Middle East.

Famine threatens and the situation could be worse because the conditions in Gaza are ripe for an explosion of deadly diseases such as cholera. 75% of solid waste is dumped, uncontrollably, and streets only grow more flooded with the accumulation of sewage water.

If nothing is done to release the hostages and implement an immediate, permanent ceasefire and nothing is done to increase massively the delivery of humanitarian assistance into the Gaza strip the worst is yet to come.


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