US Agency To Congress: Famine Has Begun In Gaza

Axios reports:

Samantha Power, the director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), told lawmakers Wednesday that people in parts of northern Gaza have begun facing famine.

Power is the first U.S. official to publicly say that famine has started in parts of the enclave, which had been on the verge of famine for months because of humanitarian aid disruptions from the Israel-Hamas war.

Power’s assessment came during an exchange with Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) while at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. Power said the rate of malnutrition among children in northern Gaza prior to Oct. 7 was “almost zero” but it now stands at one in three.

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