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The World Food Programme (WFP) operations are being severely impacted by the escalation of fighting in the south and centre of Gaza, the limited flow of humanitarian assistance and the breakdown of law and order in the south. Humanitarian space needs to be protected to ensure safe, unhindered access to people in need. WFP
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STORY: WFP / GAZA FOOD DISTRIBUTION
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SOURCE: WFP
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LANGUAGE: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 31 MAY 2024 AND 13 JUNE 2024, GAZA

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13 JUNE 2024, DEIR EL BALAH

1. Wide shot, driving on the street and destruction
WFP operations are being severely impacted by the escalation of fighting in the south and centre of Gaza, the limited flow of humanitarian assistance and the breakdown of law and order in the south.
2. Various shots, WFP Food Distribution
In central and southern Gaza, limited distributions of food parcels containing are taking place providing families with reduced rations. We have been able to resume food distribution due to new food parcels received through the port and more recently Karam Abu Salem/Kerem Shalom.

31 MAY 2024, GAZA CITY

3. Various shots, destruction, Displaced People
There has been improvement in assistance to northern Gaza. WFP has been delivering supplies through Western Erez crossing. We hope we can continue using this route in a safe, sustained, and scaled-up manner.Problems remain with access to clean water, healthcare, fuel needed for bakeries, generators to pump water and for trucking, and medical supplies – garbage collection, sewage not being pumped, tons of rubble blocking movements in Gaza City and the north.  All these factors are essential to achieve a stable food security situation.
4. Various shots, market
While basic commodities are available in markets in southern and central Gaza – despite being unaffordable for many people – the lack of commercial goods entering through northern crossings means markets in northern Gaza are either empty or food is sold at astronomical prices.
5. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Samiha Skaik:
“Vegetables are available in the market, but they are all sold at very high prices. For me, a widow, I have no income and I cannot feed my children.”

13 JUNE 2024, JABALIA

6.Wide shot, UNWRA School Sheltering Displaced People
150 people are crowded in this damaged school building.

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Um Mohammed:
“Everything is destroyed completely. We find nothing to eat. We find no bed to sleep in.”
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Um Imad:
“It’s been 250 days of war but it feels like 250 years to us. We wake up and go to sleep hearing the sounds of bombings and airstrikes. We cant find food or anything else.”

13 JUNE 2024, GAZA CITY

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Carl Skau, WFP Deputy Executive Director:
“This is also where we had famine-like conditions only about a month ago. But in the past month, during May, we have been able to move in with a lot of food.//Now our concerns are really in the south where the progress that we had made is being reversed. But beyond that, of course, people need more than food to survive and the people that I have been speaking with here in Gaza City tell me that they need sanitation, they need basic health care and frankly they need some level of dignity. Everyone I speak to want a ceasefire. They want this war to end.”

31 MAY 2024, JABALIA

9. Various shots, bread bakery
All bakeries in Rafah have shut down. Only 9 out of the 17 bakeries that WFP supports are operating: 6 in Deir El Balah, 3 in Gaza City and north Gaza. WFP continues helping bakeries by providing wheat flour and other resources. Bakery operations risk closing if fuel and resources are not provided regularly.

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The World Food Programme (WFP) operations are being severely impacted by the escalation of fighting in the south and centre of Gaza, the limited flow of humanitarian assistance and the breakdown of law and order in the south. Humanitarian space needs to be protected to ensure safe, unhindered access to people in need.

In the last week, WFP warehouses have been caught in the crossfire twice.
WFP and other aid agencies have been struggling to access humanitarian aid from Karam Abu Salem/ Kerem Shalom due to active conflict, damaged roads, unexploded ordnance, fuel shortages, delays at checkpoints and Israeli restrictions.

WFP’s main warehouse in Rafah, currently in a warzone, has been emptied. Most partners and other humanitarian agencies have been displaced.

Since May 20, aid coming through Karam Abu Salem/ Kerem Shalom crossing has increased slightly, but it needs to expand significantly.

Fuel remains a major concern. Consistent fuel supply needed for trucks, hospitals, sewage pumping systems, desalination systems.  

Southern Gaza could see the same extreme hunger that was seen before in the north. The military incursion into Rafah is having a devastating impact.

There has been an exodus of nearly one million people from Rafah. People are now forced to live in areas with insufficient clean water, medical supplies, fuel, and limited food assistance.

More aid needs to enter via south -- people need dietary diversity, access to healthcare, and water. A multi-sectoral and strategically balanced response required. 

Northern Gaza has seen an improvement, but that improvement must be supported with more supplies of commercial fresh food that people can afford. Despite the arrival of some commercial, people cannot afford high prices.

Telecommunications remains key challenge. Palestinian networks in south running out of fuel for their generators.

Despite the multiple challenges, in May WFP managed to provide assistance to more than 1 million people in Gaza, with reduced rations due access constraints and dwindling food stocks. To roll back six months of near starvation conditions requires a multi-sectoral response that addresses the short, medium and long-term needs.      

WFP is on the ground, working with partners to deliver
- In the north, WFP is distributing food parcels, wheat flour, hot meals, and supporting bakeries.    
- In central areas, WFP is prioritizing hot meals to reach more people with fewer resources and are gradually providing parcels to families again.
- In the south (Rafah), WFP is distributing very limited food and hot meals in areas that are accessible, with the limited stocks coming in from Karam Abu Salem.

Two bakeries operating in Gaza City; one just opened in Jabalia, providing essential bread in north. Of 17 bakeries WFP operates in Gaza, only nine are operating.  

WFP is shifting from providing canned foods, biscuits and ready-to-eat meals to giving people the purchasing power to choose the food their families want, invest in local markets, infrastructure and food systems, to have a tangible impact on peoples’ health and nutrition.

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