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Envoy decries hunger, failing health conditions of Palestinians

Envoy decries hunger, failing health conditions of Palestini

The Palestinian Ambassador to Nigeria Abdullah Abu Shawesh has decried the increasing rate of hunger  and denial of medical assistance in Gaza as Isreali torture continues.

While quoting EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell during a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, Shawesh said, "In Gaza we are no longer on the brink of famine, we are in a state of famine."

This is as he noted that starvation is used as a weapon of war,adding Israel is provoking famine.

“One in three children under two in the Northern Gaza Strip suffer from acute malnutrition… Malnutrition among the children is spreading fast and reaching devastating and unprecedented levels…... at least 23 children in Northern Gaza Strip have reportedly died from malnutrition and dehydration in recent weeks, adding to a mounting toll of children killed in the strip in this current conflict- 

"Nutrition screening conducted by UNICEF and partners in the north in February found that 4.5 per cent of the children in shelters and health centers suffer from severe wasting, the most life threatening from the malnutrition.

"Malnourished children in Gaza are also at high risk of medical complications and death if they do not receive urgent therapeutic food and appropriate treatment which are currently unavailable in Gaza."

“Only 2 percent of the food needed has entered Gaza since the blockade was imposed, the starvation policy is being used as a weapon of war against civilians in Gaza.

"In the first Friday prayer of the holy month of Ramadan, the occupation force blocked the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) teams from entering the courtyard of Al-Aqsa Mosque to provide medical services to the worshipers, in a grave violation of international law and international humanitarian law.

The Ambassador further stressed that, number of Palestinians abducted and jailed in the last 167 days has reached 7,670 in Israeli prisons and detention camps. 

According to the head of Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners, Qaddoura Fares, the Israeli occupation prisons administration has intensified its repressive measures against Palestinian prisoners since the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

This includes severe beatings, insults, degradation of dignity, and confiscation of the Qur’an from their rooms as a retaliatory policy, which has adversely affected the prisoners' health. 

Fares emphasized that one of the most targeted prisoners subjected to these degrading measures is the commander Marwan Barghouthi, who has been isolated and physically assaulted, along with captive Thabet Mardawi. He highlighted that these measures pose a threat to their lives.

"As part of its provocative policy and continuous attempts to reinforce the temporal division in preparation for the spatial division of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Israeli occupation forces have installed iron barriers at three gates of the mosque.

"This is to impose further restrictions on the entry of worshippers and deprive them of their freedom of worship in the complex. We would like to emphasize that Jewish extremists are sparing no effort to incite a religious war that could engulf the world and destroy everything in its path."

Shawesh further explained that, another Israeli attempt to stifle the voice of truth is happening, as it bans the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) from operating in the occupied East Jerusalem and the 1948 territories. 

"We strongly condemn this move and consider it another way for Israel to commit its daily crimes in the occupied East Jerusalem (OEJ) away from the scrutiny of cameras. We call for all concerned human rights institutions, including the International Federation of Journalists, to denounce and condemn this crime."

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