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A sharp escalation of the conflict in Gaza has left the entire population of 2.2 million people in 'crisis' or worse levels of acute food insecurity. Child malnutrition is higher than anywhere in the world, with one child in every six under the age of 2 acutely malnourished.

Hundreds of thousands of people are crammed into overcrowded shelters and hospitals, with food and water running out.  

The World Food Programme (WFP) has provided emergency food and cash assistance to 1.4 million people across Gaza and the West Bank since early October 2023. However, shifting battle lines and insecurity have made it impossible to distribute food without putting aid recipients and workers in danger, forcing WFP to temporarily suspend convoys to the north.

The number of places where WFP and partners can safely provide life-saving assistance is shrinking rapidly, putting hundreds of thousands at risk of being cut off from any form of relief. Without more humanitarian assistance, a deadly combination of hunger and disease will claim the lives of countless children, pregnant women and young mothers.

To prevent famine, WFP and its humanitarian partners urgently need more routes into Gaza and access throughout the Strip for humanitarian operations. 

WFP calls for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, the opening of all border crossings, and the resumption of commercial cargo to provide relief and put an end to the suffering.

WFP needs US$760 million for its operations in Palestine until the end of 2024.

What the World Food Programme is doing to respond to the Palestinian emergency

Food assistance
Over 1.3 million people received food assistance in Gaza (one-time ten-day ration, or hot meals) in the first half of February. WFP distribution points include local shops to make it easier for people to redeem their assistance. WFP food parcels include canned pulses, canned meat and high-calorie foods such as Halawa and date bars. 
Supply chain
WFP is helping bakeries get back on their feet by providing them with wheat flour and other necessary resources to operate. After 50 days of being shut down, nine bakeries in Deir El Balah and Rafah are now producing bread again, at a subsidized price, for people in Gaza. Around 500,000 people have been able to buy bread again because of this assistance.
WFP supports partners through the Logistics Cluster, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster and the Food Security Cluster. WFP works with local partners on the ground to deliver assistance.

How you can help

Humanitarian needs are rising even further in Palestine. Please donate today and help life-saving support reach those families who need it the most.
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