Israel-Gaza live updates: US drops food aid into Gaza

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The World Health Organization said Friday that at least 10 children are known to have starved to death in the Gaza Strip since the war between Hamas and Israel began on Oct. 7.

“So, the official records yesterday or this morning said there was a 10th child officially registered in a hospital as having starved to death. A very sad threshold, similarly sad as the 30,000 deaths we reached all over Gaza,” WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier said during a press briefing. “And similar like those, these are official records, and as you all point out exactly, the unofficial numbers can unfortunately be expected to be higher. And once we see them, once we see them registered in hospitals, once we see them registered officially, it’s already further down the line.”

Lindmeier said Gaza’s health care system is now “more than on its knees,” with Israel having cut off electricity and freshwater supply and limiting the entry of humanitarian aid into the Hamas-ruled enclave in the wake of the Oct. 7 terror attack.

“All this leads to a desperate situation as we saw yesterday in the unfortunate, horrifying incidents, where hundreds of people got killed,” he added. “While the U.N. secretary-general mentioned exactly that the investigation should show what the real causes were, that’s not even right now important. The important [thing] is that people are so desperate for food, for freshwater, for any supplies that they risk their lives in getting any food, any supplies to support their children, to support themselves.”

“This is the real drama, this is the real catastrophe here, that food and supplies are so scarce that we see these situations coming up,” he continued. “And the food supplies have been cut off deliberately, let’s not forget that.”

Lindmeier warned that “once a famine is declared, it is too late for many people.”

“We don’t want to get to that situation and we need things to change before that,” he told reporters.

-ABC News’ Will Gretsky and Morgan Winsor

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