War in Ukraine: Risks of food shortages for Palestinians, according to the United States

“Food insecurity could worsen in the coming weeks, both in Gaza and the West Bank”

The Russian invasion of Ukraine could lead to food shortages for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, US Deputy Ambassador Richard M. Mills told the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), with Russia and neighboring Ukraine respectively largest and fifth largest wheat exporters in the world.

“Due to President Putin’s unprovoked aggression against Ukraine, food insecurity could worsen further in the coming weeks, both in Gaza and the West Bank, as the prices of food, fuel and other commodities are increasing,” Mills said at the UNSC’s monthly meeting in New York on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A fortnight ago, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations announced that world food prices in March reached their highest levels on record.

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, also warned the Security Council of the impending food shortage.

“After the outbreak of conflict in Ukraine, rising prices and market disruptions – which are reflected across the Middle East – threaten household food security levels [palestiniennes] vulnerable,” he warned.

Last Tuesday, Oxfam urged the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to “drop its austerity demands as the cost of living crisis drives up hunger and poverty around the world”.

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