Middle East, Egypt: talks on Gaza resume tomorrow in Doha. Unicef: one in 3 children is severely malnourished


By John

Indirect negotiations for a truce in Gaza and the release of the hostages they could resume tomorrow afternoon in Doha, Qatar. This was announced by Egyptian sources quoted by the Israeli media according to which they will continue until Monday. If confirmed, it will be the first restart of negotiations that stalled before the start of the month of Ramadan. The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while defining Hamas's latest requests as “unfounded”, it nevertheless decided to send a delegation to Doha. The objective of the mediators – USA, Egypt and Qatar – is to reach a 6-week truce; Hamas has proposed a 3-phase agreement.

Meanwhile, Unicef ​​raises the alarm: “One in 3 children under 2 years of age in the northern Gaza Strip suffers from acute malnutrition, a disconcerting escalation compared to 15.6% in January.” Unicef ​​highlights how «Malnutrition among children is spreading rapidly and reaching devastating levelsunprecedented in the Gaza Strip due to the far-reaching impacts of the war and ongoing restrictions on aid delivery.” “At least 23 children in the northern Gaza Strip have reportedly died of malnutrition and dehydration in recent weeks,” the UN agency said.

Meanwhile, the American NGO World Central Kitchen said it had the unloading of almost 200 tons of food aid for the population of the Gaza Strip has been completed, which arrived yesterday by ship from Cyprus at the temporary pier near Gaza City. “All cargo has been unloaded and is being prepared for distribution to Gaza,” Wck wrote in a statement. «This load includes cases of canned goods, including beans, carrots, tuna, chickpeas, corn, rice, flour, oil and salt. A second load will also include cranes to assist distribution,” writes World Central Kitchen, which gives no information on the second load.