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Despite recent aid efforts, northern Gaza may face famine, warns a new report

JERUSALEM: An independent panel of experts warned on Tuesday that there was a possible famine in northern Gaza, but the war between Israel and Hamas and restrictions on humanitarian access made it difficult to collect data to prove this.

“It is possible, although not likely,” the group known as the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) said of the famine in Gaza.

Fears of deadly hunger have been high in recent months, and were heightened after the head of the World Food Programme said last month that a “full-blown famine” had broken out in northern Gaza after nearly seven months of war. Experts at the UN agency later said that Cindy McCain was expressing her personal opinion.

An area is in famine when three things are true: 20 percent of households are severely food deficient or essentially starving; at least 30 percent of children are suffering from acute malnutrition or wasting, meaning they are too thin for their size; and two adults or four children per 10,000 people die every day from hunger and the effects of hunger.

This is according to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification, a group of UN agencies, governments and other organizations that warned in March of an impending famine in the north of the Gaza Strip.

Tuesday’s FEWS NET report is the first technical assessment by an international organization that predicts a possible famine in the north of the Gaza Strip.

Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, FEWS NET is an internationally recognized authority on famine, providing evidence-based and timely early warning information on food shortages. It also helps inform decisions on humanitarian responses in some of the world’s most food-stressed countries.

But in order to officially declare a famine, the data must be available.

Such a statement could be used as evidence before both the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice, where Israel faces accusations of genocide.

The report warns that data collection is likely to be difficult as long as the war continues. It says that people – including children – are dying of hunger throughout the area and that these conditions are likely to continue until at least July unless there is a fundamental change in the distribution of food aid.

The report also warned that efforts to increase aid to Gaza were insufficient and called on the Israeli government to act urgently.

The UN and international aid agencies have been saying for months that not enough food and other humanitarian aid is reaching the Gaza Strip, and Israel is facing increasing pressure from its key ally, the United States, and others, to allow more aid into the country.

Israel has repeatedly denied that there is a famine in Gaza and rejected accusations that it is using hunger as a weapon in its fight against the militant group Hamas. Israel has opened a number of new border crossings into Gaza in recent months, saying they have helped improve the flow of humanitarian aid.

But Israel is also expanding its offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, once the center of humanitarian aid efforts. The invasion has largely cut off access to food, medicine and other supplies for starving Palestinians.

The Israeli military, which is responsible for border crossings into Gaza, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the FEWS NET report.

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