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#GazaUnderAttack | Gaza agriculture devastated by Israeli offensive – UN

Occupied Palestine | فلسطين

AFP Photo / Said Khatib

AFP Photo / Said Khatib

The Israeli military operation in Gaza has devastated the enclave’s food production process the UN has announced, warning that the lack of food will “severely” affect the local population and that recovery will need “significant external assistance.”

“The recent fighting has resulted in substantial direct damage to Gaza’s 17,000 hectares of croplands as well as much of its agricultural infrastructure, including greenhouses, irrigation systems, animal farms, fodder stocks and fishing boats,” the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a statement.

With farming and fishing activities virtually halted after farmers, herders and fishermen were forced to flee their domains, and with the Israeli blockade imposed, Palestinians are facing food shortages.

Gaza has lost half of its population of poultry birds either from direct shelling or because the birds died from a lack of water, as the…

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