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TEHRAN, November 28 (MNA) – The population of Gaza, especially women and children, risk famine if humanitarian food supplies do not continue, the UN's World Food Programme warned Tuesday.The WFP said it had delivered food to 121,161 people in Gaza since Friday, when a four-day truce between Israeli regime and Hamas began, the AFP reported.

The truce was extended by two days on Tuesday.

"Thanks to the pause, our teams have been in action on the ground, going into areas we haven't reached for a long time.

What we see is catastrophic," said WFP's director for the Middle East, Corinne Fleischer.

WFP estimated that it was "highly likely that the population of Gaza, especially women and children, are at high risk of famine if WFP is not able to provide continued access to food".

The agency said that six days was "not enough to make any meaningful impact", calling for "uninterrupted and regular supplies" of food into Gaza.

In Gaza, WFP has reached 759,082 people with food and vouchers since the start of the crisis.

Hamas and invading Zionist region are in a temporary ceasefire since Friday.

The truce was extended on Monday.

The extension provides for the release of 20 more captives from Gaza and 60 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.

So far, Hamas has released 69 captives, including 51 Israelis and 19 of other nationalities in exchange for the freedom of 150 Palestinians from Israeli prison, mainly women and minors.

The ceasefire has also allowed for humanitarian aid to enter Gaza, where more than 1.7 million displaced Palestinians are in urgent need of safe and sustained access to drinking water, food, health, fuel, and medicine.

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Original Article Source: Mehr News | Published on Tuesday, 28 November 2023 16:58 (about 88 days ago)