WFP / GAZA FOOD SYSTEMS COLLAPSE

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With only ten percent of necessary food supplies entering Gaza since the beginning of the conflict, people now face a massive food gap and widespread hunger as nearly the entire population is in desperate need of food assistance, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned today. WFP

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DATELINE: 7 NOVEMBER 2023, DEIR EL BALAH, GAZA / 14 NOVEMBER 2023, DEIR EL BALAH, GAZA
/ 15 NOVEMBER 2023, JERUSALEM


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15 NOVEMBER 2023, KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA

1. Various shots, GV’s Public school serving as a shelter for displaced families, OCHA estimates around 6000 people are staying in each school being used a shelter, people cooking and baking bread using makeshift stoves, with no gas or electricity many people are using wood to cook or try to bake bread, perishable food is not an option, as there is no electricity to keep items refrigerated
2. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Shifa Ramadan Al Masri:
“The children are starving and thirsty, they all have diarrhea, vomiting and cough”
3. Various shots, GVs Public school serving as a shelter for displaced families

14 NOVEMBER 2023, DEIR EL BALAH, GAZA

4. Various shots, people searching for food on nearly empty shelves in WFP grocery store, only 25 percent of shops contracted by WFP remain open, the rest have run out of essential food items, the small quantities of food that can be found are being sold at alarmingly inflated prices and, without the ability to cook, are often of little use, people are surviving on one meal a day
5. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Alaa Younis Mohamed Al-Helw:
“Our money, our belongings, everything we left behind. We only left with the clothes on our backs. Everything has been run to the ground. We left with only the clothes on our back, we went to stay with people we know, they were also displaced and then moved back to their home. There is nothing in their home.”
6. Wide shot, nearly empty shelves in WFP grocery store, Alaa and his family fled the home and are now sleeping on the floor in a house with 30 people
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Alaa Younis Mohamed Al-Helw:
“As you can see, we came to this shop, it’s empty. We’ve been searching in all the shops since the morning, they’re all empty.”
8. Med shot, nearly empty shelves in WFP grocery store
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Alaa Younis Mohamed Al-Helw:
“Spread it. Share it let the world hear. We are hungry, we are hungry we want to eat. There are children. My wife has high blood pressure she needs to eat, there isn’t even a loaf of bread to feed her.”
10. Med shot, empty shelves in WFP grocery store

15 NOVEMBER 2023, JERUSALEM

11. SOUNDIBITE (English) Samer Abdeljaber, Palestine Country Director, World Food Programme (WFP):
“People are going hungry. In Gaza, people are surviving on just one meal a day if they are lucky. Fuel shortages and loss of connectivity are crippling our operation in Gaza. The lack of fuel has forced the last WFP bakery to shut down and the last mill to stop grinding wheat flour. Even bread, the cornerstone of every Palestinian diet, has now become a rarity.”

7 NOVEMBER 2023, DEIR EL BALAH, GAZA

12. Various shots, WFP datebars being distributed to displaced people living in a UN school,
some 800,000 people are now sheltering in UN schools in Gaza, WFP is distributing date bars and canned fish to families in UN shelters every day, food parcels are being provided to displaced families in host communities but, safe access is becoming harder and harder.



STORYLINE:

With only ten percent of necessary food supplies entering Gaza since the beginning of the conflict, people now face a massive food gap and widespread hunger as nearly the entire population is in desperate need of food assistance, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned today (16 Nov).

“Supplies of food and water are practically non-existent in Gaza and only a fraction of what is needed is arriving through the borders. With winter fast approaching, unsafe and overcrowded shelters, and the lack of clean water, civilians are facing the immediate possibility of starvation," said WFP Executive Director Cindy McCain. "There is no way to meet current hunger needs with one operational border crossing. The only hope is opening another, safe passage for humanitarian access to bring life-saving food into Gaza."

Earlier this week, WFP confirmed the closure of the final bakery operating in partnership with the agency due to lack of fuel. Fuel shortages have triggered a crippling halt in bread production across all 130 bakeries in Gaza. Bread, a staple food for people in Gaza, is scarce or non-existent.

The shortage of fuel is also crippling humanitarian distribution and operations, including the delivery of food assistance. Even as trucks arrived from Egypt and offloaded supplies in Gaza on Tuesday, they were unable to reach civilians in shelters because of insufficient fuel for distribution vehicles.

Of the 1,129 trucks have entered Gaza since the opening of the Rafah border crossing on 21 October, only 447 were carrying food supplies. While WFP welcomes the increase in the number of trucks crossing into Gaza, the volume remains woefully inadequate: the food that has entered Gaza is only enough to meet 7 percent of the people’s daily minimum caloric needs.

The food infrastructure in Gaza is no longer functional; only 25 percent of shops contracted by WFP remain open and others have run out essential food items. Local markets have shut down completely. The small quantities of food that can be found are being sold at alarmingly inflated prices and are of little use without the ability to cook, forcing some to survive on one meal a day. For the lucky, that includes more than solely canned food, though some people have resorted to consuming raw onions and uncooked eggplants.

"The collapse of food supply chains is a catastrophic turning point in an already dire situation, where people have been stripped of basic necessities”, said Samer Abdeljaber, Representative and Country Director in Palestine. "Without access to fuel, our ability to provide bread or transport food to those in need has been severely compromised, essentially bringing life in Gaza to a standstill. People are going hungry."

Since last month, WFP has provided emergency food assistance to over 700,000 displaced people in Gaza and plans to scale up food assistance to reach over one million people in the next few weeks. However, this can only happen with increased, sustained supply corridors into Gaza.
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