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A 13-year-old Palestinian has lost his life due to starvation in the central
Gaza Strip following the Israeli closure of the Rafah border crossing to
humanitarian aid.

Palestine’s official news agency WAFA reported on Saturday that the teenager,
identified as Abdul Qader al-Sarhi, succumbed to death in al-Aqsa Hospital in
Deir al-Balah. Local medical sources were cited by WAFA as saying that the
death toll from malnutrition and dehydration has risen to 37 in the Gaza Strip
as Israel presses ahead with its brutal aggression on the southern city of

“The health situation in the Gaza Strip has gone from bad to worse, with the
Israel military offensive expanding in the city of Rafah and all its hospitals
being out of service,” the sources said. “The announced toll reflects only what
reaches hospitals while dozens are dying silently as a result of famine,
without being able to reach hospitals.” Breaking: Abdul Qader Al-Sarahi (13
years old) passed away at Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir Al-Balah, central Gaza, due
to Israeli-imposed starvation, malnutrition, and the lack of available
treatment amid Israel's occupation of the Rafah crossing.

Fayez Abu Ataya, a seven-month-old Palestinian infant, also starved to death on
Thursday in central Gaza due to the lack of milk and medicine as a result of
Israel’s crippling blockade. Resembling a bare skeleton, Fayez was filmed
succumbing to starvation and dying in his father’s arms at al-Aqsa Hospital in
Deir al-Balah.

⚠️ The child Fayez Abu Ataya passed away this morning at Al-Aqsa Hospital in
Deir al-Balah, cen- tral Gaza, due to Israeli-imposed starvation, mal-
nutrition, and the unavailability of treatment amid the Israeli closure of the
Rafah crossing.

The Israeli regime has closed the Rafah crossing over the past several weeks
despite international warnings of a deteriorating humanitarian situation due to
the lack of flow of life-saving supplies to thousands of displaced Palestinians
in the besieged area. The Gaza Strip, especially the northern region, is
grappling with severe shortages in food, water, medication and fuel as Israel’s
aggression marks its eighth month.

Even the aid reaching the southern region of the enclave has been insufficient,
particularly with the displacement of over 1.3 million people from northern
Gaza to the south, notably to Rafah.  Israel launched its onslaught against the
Gaza Strip, targeting hospitals, residences, and houses of worship after
Palestinian fighters launched a surprise attack, dubbed Operation al-Aqsa
Storm, against the regime on October 7, 2023.

At least 36,379 Palestinians have been killed, most of them women and children,
and 82,407 others injured.