Risk of famine remains high in Gaza

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By Rob Vos, Sara Gustafson, Sediqa Zaki, and Brendan Rice

Despite some improvements during April and May, the Gaza Strip continues to face catastrophic food insecurity with a high risk of famine, according to the latest assessment of the Famine Review Committee of the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC), released on June 25.

The IPC reports that 96% of Gaza’s population of 2.2 million people face high levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 4) through September, while 22%, over 495,000 people, face catastrophic levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 5).

During much of April and May, food assistance inflows into Gaza increased over previous low, irregular levels. This effectively averted the IPC’s worst-case scenario of last March, which projected a majority of Gaza’s population could face famine by May-July.

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