Infant in Gaza Succumbs to Starvation in Midst of Israel’s Conflict: Two-Month-Old Palestinian Boy’s Tragic Death

Mahmoud Fattouh passed away from starvation as the UN alerts of a surge in child fatalities due to a lack of food and water. A two-month-old Palestinian baby died from hunger in northern Gaza, as reported by the media, just days after the United Nations cautioned of an increase in child deaths because of Israel’s aggression on the besieged region.

According to the Shehab news agency, Mahmoud Fattouh breathed his last at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on Friday. A video, confirmed by Al Jazeera, shows the weak infant struggling for breath in a hospital bed. A paramedic who transported the baby to the hospital mentioned that Mahmoud succumbed to severe malnutrition.

Mahmoud’s death comes amidst the Israeli government’s refusal to heed international pleas to permit more aid into Gaza. The UN disclosed that around 2.3 million individuals in Gaza are on the verge of starvation. While Israel has opened a single entry point for humanitarian assistance, strict checks and protests by extremist Israeli groups have impeded the arrival of food trucks.

Deliveries to northern Gaza have been severely disrupted since late October, worsening the already dire conditions in the region. The World Food Programme attempted to resume aid shipments but had to halt due to Israeli gunfire and insecurity concerns. The UN has cautioned of a sharp increase in malnutrition among children in Gaza, emphasizing the urgent need for assistance to prevent further child fatalities.

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