WFP / GAZA FOOD DISTRIBUTION

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28-Nov-2023 00:02:17
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) delivered desperately needed food to more than 120,000 people in Gaza during the initial pause in fighting but reiterated that the supplies it was able to provide were woefully inadequate to address the level of hunger seen by staff in the UN shelters and communities. WFP

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STORY: WFP / GAZA FOOD DISTRIBUTION
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DATELINE: 23-28 NOVEMBER 2023, GAZA / AMMAN, JORDAN

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25 NOVEMBER 2023, GAZA CITY

1.Various shots, trucks arrive in Gaza City
61 relief trucks were delivered to Al-Ahli hospital on 25Nov23, the largest number to this area since the onset of the crisis, with WFP food, water and emergency medical supplies. Since 21 October, 1,883 trucks, of which 118 were from WFP with 1,785 mt of food, have reached Gaza through the Rafah crossing. Under the current circumstances, the Rafah border crossing does not have the capacity for a sufficient number of trucks to pass to meet the needs in Gaza. WFP and other partners continue to test the delivery of aid from Jordan as a complementary supply corridor for the Gaza emergency, and future opportunities are being further explored. Shot: 25Nov23
Gaza City

26 NOVEMBER 2023, KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA

2.Various shots, WFP food parcels being distributed
Since Friday 24Nov23, WFP reached 121,000 people in shelters and host communities with bread, food parcels, and e-vouchers. One WFP-bakery is currently operational on an ad-hoc basis and reached around 90,000 people in shelters with bread on Friday. Limited quantities of cooking gas are allowed but not sufficient. Since the onset of the crisis, WFP has reached more than 825,858 people with in-kind and cash assistance. WFP food parcels contain items like canned chick peas, peas, beans, beef and datebars.

28 NOVEMBER 2023, AMMAN, JORDAN

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Samer Abdeljaber, Country Director WFP Palestine:
“In four days of humanitarian pause, WFP and partners have delivered desperately needed aid to hundreds of thousands in the hardest to reach areas. Our teams saw hunger, desperation, and destruction. People who have not received any relief in weeks. Hundreds of thousands that are facing an immediate risk of starvation. WFP hopes for the extension of this pause which offer the window of relief that could pave the way for longer term calm. Save an unimpeded access cannot stop now.”

23 NOVEMBER 2023, DEIR EL BALAH

4.Various shots, Khaled, Siham and their 8 children are living in the ruins of their home
Khaled and Siham built their home themselves and lived in it for 20 years. The house was blown up on October 10, 2023 and Khaled was injured in the explosion. There is no food left in their home. When they manage to find a bottle of water, they share it among them. Some days, Khaled and Siham go with nothing to eat to leave what little they have for their children.

5. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Khaled:
“We only have three tomatoes, and these are going to be our lunch and dinner for today”

6. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Siham:
“We are burning the rubble of our home to cook”

7.Various shots, Khaled, Siham and one of their sons eat a meal of tomato sauce and bread amid the ruins of the home

STORYLINE:

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) delivered desperately needed food to more than 120,000 people in Gaza during the initial pause in fighting but reiterated that the supplies it was able to provide were woefully inadequate to address the level of hunger seen by staff in the UN shelters and communities.

“Thanks to the pause, our teams have been in action on the ground, going into areas we haven't reached for a long time. What we see is catastrophic. There is a risk of famine and starvation on our watch and to prevent it, we need to be able to bring in food at scale and distribute it safely,” said WFP’s Director for the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe Region, Corinne Fleischer. “Six days is simply not enough to provide all the assistance needed. The people of Gaza have to eat every day, not just for six days.”

“Our team recounted what they saw: Hunger, desperation, and destruction. People who have not received any relief in weeks. They could see the suffering in their eyes,” said Samer Abdeljaber, WFP Palestine Representative and Country Director. “This pause offered a window of relief that we hope paves the way for a longer-term calm. Safe and unimpeded humanitarian access cannot stop now.”

Here is the latest information on WFP’s operations during the pause in fighting:
• After weeks of highly limited access for humanitarian aid over the Rafah border, on November 26th, WFP joined an inter-agency convoy which delivered 7.6 metric tons of food assistance to around 23,616 people in Al-Ahli hospital and surrounding hard-to-reach areas.
• Since November 24th, WFP has reached 121,161 people in UN shelters and host communities with food, including bread, food parcels, and e-vouchers.
• During the pause, the convoy also conducted wider-reaching assessments to inform our collective response, expanded logistics capacities by setting up storage units and safely transported food items across Gaza.
• On the first day of the pause in hostilities, around 90,000 IDPs in UN shelters received fresh bread sourced from the only currently operational WFP-run bakery, which is operating on an ad-hoc basis. A further 7,545 people received food parcels in host communities during this time.
• WFP and other partners continue to test the delivery of aid from Jordan as a complementary supply corridor for the Gaza emergency. WFP’s dispatched 51 metric tons of food supplies, including 14 metric tonnes of ready-to-eat food and 37 metric tons of date bars, via seven trucks departing from Amman to Rafah, Egypt, as part of a joint convoy with UNRWA.
• As the humanitarian pause draws to a close, WFP reiterates that a six-day long pause is simply not enough to make any meaningful impact.
• Operations on the ground need uninterrupted and regular supplies of adequate quantities of food and other essential commodities into Gaza.
• According to WFP’s Research, Assessment and Monitoring team, after seven weeks of inadequate food and water consumption, it is highly likely that the population of Gaza, especially women and children are at high risk of famine if WFP is not able to provide continued access to food.
• Since the start of the crisis, WFP has reached a total of 825,858 people with emergency food and electronic food vouchers across Gaza and the West Bank. In Gaza, WFP has reached 759,082 people.
• WFP also leads the Logistics Cluster, that was activated to coordinate the efforts of all humanitarian actors and ensuring a robust logistics set-up to facilitate the transport and storage of inter-agency cargo into and inside Gaza.
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