Independent experts: Famine spread across Gaza

A group of independent human rights experts mandated by the United Nations said Tuesday that the recent increase in the number of deaths among children due to malnutrition in the Gaza Strip indicates widespread famine across the territory.

Health authorities in Gaza say at least 33 children have died from malnutrition, mostly in northern areas that until recently were subjected to the heaviest Israeli bombardment.

The group of 11 experts said in a statement on Tuesday that three children aged 13, nine years and six months had died of malnutrition in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip and Deir al-Balah in central Gaza since the end of May.

“With these children starving to death despite medical treatment in central Gaza, there will be no doubt that the famine has spread from northern Gaza to central and southern Gaza,” the experts said.

The statement, signed by experts including the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Michael Fakhry, denounced “the deliberate and targeted starvation campaign waged by Israel against the Palestinian people.”

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