The United Nation, World Food Programme, or WFP, plans to suspend food aid to more than 200 thousand Palestinians, citing a “severe” shortage of funds.
The majority of the impacted families are based in Gaza where food insecurity and poverty levels are at an all-time high. The United Nations agency offers a range of monthly vouchers, valued at around $10.30 per person, as well as food baskets to impoverished Palestinians, both of which will be affected by the suspension.
In response to the decision, dozens of Palestinians staged a protest outside the WFP offices in Gaza city, chanting “no to hunger”. While food aid for more than 200 thousand Palestinians would be suspended, WFP will continue assistance to 140 thousand people in Gaza and the west bank. Governments are also being encouraged to provide more funding so they can continue their vital work.