In an interview published by the FAO Press Office, on the organization’s official website, Bechdol pointed out that as a result of the bombing of Tel Aviv against the Gaza Strip “there are unprecedented levels of severe food insecurity, hunger and conditions almost akin to those of a famine.”
The senior official said that “before the conflict, the people of Gaza had a self-sufficient fruit and vegetable production sector, housed in greenhouses, and a strong small livestock production sector.”
However, as a result of the Israeli attacks against that territory, which began more than four months ago, which until now caused the death of about 27 thousand people, as well as the inventories of animals and infrastructure needed for crop production, ” “They were almost destroyed.”
“Every day that passes without finding a solution to the conflict itself, without reaching a ceasefire or other end to the hostilities, more people go hungry and do not have access to much-needed food, nutrition, water and medical services.” ” Bechdol emphasized.
“This is an unprecedented situation that we find ourselves in,” he said, noting that, in terms of emergency, crisis and disaster classifications, it can be considered that “the 2.2 million residents of Gaza fall into these three categories.” “.
He described it as “worrying that every day we see many people who are close to starvation and enter it,” and specified that of the total population of Gaza “at this stage, maybe about 25.0 percent of about 2.2 million. in that category.”
Faced with this serious situation, “it is difficult for us who are on the front line to provide any kind of support to agricultural production because most of it is badly damaged, if not destroyed,” emphasized the FAO Deputy Director General.