The Executive Director of the World Health Organisation Health Emergencies Programme, Michael Ryan, says the population of Gaza is starving to death due to constraints imposed on humanitarian aid.
The WHO says the risk of famine in the Palestinian territory was already high and on the rise, with the space for humanitarian intervention being increasingly squeezed.
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Ryan, who says that things could get worse, adds that access to proper nutrition had become a major issue in the Gaza Strip, with the calorie count and the quality of nutrition consumed by Gazans having dropped sharply.
He pointed to the dramatic reduction in the number of operational health facilities and to how efforts to bring aid into the Gaza Strip were constantly disrupted and impeded.