Hundreds Queue for Bread in Gaza as Bakery Reopens with UN Aid

Gazans queue for subsidized bread as blockade and war cause severe food shortages, highlighting the devastating humanitarian crisis in the region.

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Muthana Al-Najjar
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Hundreds Queue for Bread in Gaza as Bakery Reopens with UN Aid

Hundreds Queue for Bread in Gaza as Bakery Reopens with UN Aid

In the blockaded Gaza Strip, hundreds of Palestinians lined up for hours to receive subsidized bread from a reopened bakery in Gaza City. The bakery, which had been unable to operate for several months due to the conflict and lack of access to supplies, was able to resume operations after the World Food Programme (WFP) delivered fresh fuel and flour.

Residents described the desperate measures they had to resort to during the severe food shortages caused by the Israeli blockade and war against Hamas. "When Israel prevented us from getting flour, I had to feed my children bread made from flour mixed with sand," said Abdelrahman al-Jadba, a local resident.

The United Nations has warned that the Gaza war and siege have caused "the highest levels of catastrophic hunger in the world." The dire humanitarian crisis has led to desperate shortages of food, water, medicines, and fuel. While the bakery reopening provided some relief, the available quantities of bread are still not sufficient to meet the demand.

Why this matters: The struggle for basic necessities in Gaza highlights the devastating impact of the ongoing conflict and blockade on the civilian population. The international community has called for safe and sustained access to prevent famine in the region.

The WFP has been using a new coordinated route to deliver aid to north Gaza, managing to bring in more than 1,300 metric tonnes of food parcels and wheat flour through nine convoys. However, the United Nations says the amount of aid reaching Gaza is still much less than the bare minimum needed to meet humanitarian needs.

The conflict between Israel and Hamas has taken a heavy toll on the people of Gaza. The October 7 Hamas attack resulted in the deaths of 1,170 people in Israel, mostly civilians. Israel's retaliatory offensive has killed at least 33,843 people in Gaza, mostly women and children. Despite growing global opposition, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to push ahead with the war.

Key Takeaways

  • Hundreds of Gazans lined up for subsidized bread from a reopened bakery.
  • Severe food shortages led to desperate measures like mixing flour with sand.
  • UN warns of catastrophic hunger levels in Gaza due to war and siege.
  • WFP delivers aid, but UN says amount is still much less than needed.
  • Conflict has taken heavy toll, with 1,170 Israeli and 33,843 Gazan deaths.