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Two-month old child dies after family unable to find milk in northern Gaza

Displaced Palestinians gather to receive food at a government school in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on February 19, 2024. (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED / AFP)

A two-month-old child, named Mahmoud Fattouh, has died of malnutrition in Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, the Wafa news agency is reporting, citing medical sources.

Baby Mahmud died after his family was unable to find milk and basic supplies.

A paramedic who helped Mahmud’s parents bring him to the hospital says, “We saw a woman carrying her baby, screaming for help. Her pale baby seemed to be taking his last breath.”

The paramedic says that they rushed Mahmud to hospital where he was taken to the ICU with acute malnutrition but didn’t survive.

Gaza City is in the northern Gaza Strip, where almost no food has been delivered since the beginning of the year, and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near Easta (UNRWA) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have both now suspended aid activities.

The endless waves of Israeli bombing have destroyed Gaza’s infrastructure, razing or shuttering the factories producing and processing food. About half the population of Gaza now faces daily shortages of bread, clean water and the basic ingredients for life, according to Al Jazeera.

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