Blinken Gazans Are Experiencing Extreme Acute Food Insecurity

Humanitarian supplies have to be sent into the Palestinian territory more quickly, as stated by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday, highlighting the “severe levels of acute food insecurity” that the whole population of Gaza is facing.

The most reliable indicator of these things is that 100% of Gaza’s population suffers from extreme, acute food insecurity. At a news conference in the Philippines, where he is now on an official visit, Blinken said, “That’s the first time an entire population has been so classified.”

On the eve of his imminent trip to the Middle East—this time to Saudi Arabia and Egypt—Blinken made his comments on attempts to negotiate a truce in Gaza and increase relief delivery.

According to a food security assessment supported by the UN, half of Gazans are suffering from “catastrophic” hunger, and if immediate action is not taken, famine is expected to strike the northern part of the enclave by May.

The UN humanitarian head, Martin Griffiths, has urged Israel to provide unrestricted humanitarian supplies into the besieged Palestinian area, stating that there was “no time to lose.”

On October 7, Hamas launched an unprecedented onslaught on Israel, sparking the worst Gaza conflict to date.

Israel retaliated in the Palestinian region controlled by Hamas with an unrelenting air campaign and ground invasion.

The UN has been warning for weeks that a famine is imminent as relief organizations report enormous difficulty entering Gaza, especially the northern half of the territory.

Donors have resorted to air or sea delivery, but UN agencies assert that these are not practical substitutes for land supplies.

Although the technical requirements for a famine have not yet been reached, according to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification collaboration, “all evidence points towards a major acceleration of deaths and malnutrition,” as of Monday.

Blinken used UN figures to claim that 100% of Gaza’s population was in need of humanitarian help, compared to 80% in Sudan and 70% in Afghanistan.

Regarding assistance delivery, Blinken said, “This only underscores both the urgency, the imperative, of making this the priority.”

“If we are to effectively address people’s needs, we need more, we need it to be sustained, and it needs to be a priority.”

Blinken is in Manila as part of a quick trip throughout Asia to bolster US support for neighbors facing China.

Blinken was questioned about the measures he was taking to alleviate foreign journalists’ restricted access to Gaza during a joint news conference with his colleague from the Philippines.

“In an area that is still in conflict, there are undoubtedly serious security concerns that must be taken into account,” Blinken said.

“But we firmly believe in the fundamental idea of access for journalists.”