GAZA: The UN World Food Programme has launched an emergency operation to provide food assistance to more than 800,000 people in Gaza and the West Bank, it announced on Tuesday.
The WFP said it was bringing aid to those “facing dire circumstances, lacking access to food, water, and essential supplies.”
The organization called for the establishment of humanitarian corridors to facilitate the entry of aid and humanitarian assistance into Gaza, and appealed for the safe and unobstructed passage for its staff and essential commodities.
It said it “urgently” required access and funding to reach those in need, adding it needed a total of $17.3 million in the next four weeks to address what it called a “critical situation.”
On Monday, WFP together with UNRWA, distributed ready-to-eat food to 73,000 people.
WFP said distributions were ongoing for displaced people in shelters in Gaza, amid concerns that the city is running out of resources like food, water, and electricity, with damaged infrastructure severely impeding both food production and distribution networks.
WFP said it was also starting the distribution of cash-based transfers to 164,000 people in Gaza and the West Bank, with electronic vouchers redeemed on food items in local shops. WFP added it was concerned about availability of food in local shops as supplies are running out.
In the next few days, pending the replenishment of food stocks through the opening of humanitarian corridors, WFP will distribute food to 300,000 people in host communities and make available cash-based-platforms to humanitarian partners.