Israel-Hamas war, deaths at Gaza food line


Palestinian women and children walk past buildings destroyed during Israeli strikes in Beit Lahia, Gaza, on February 26. AFP/Getty Images

UN Women, a United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, called the war in Gaza “also a war on women.”

In a statement Friday, the organization estimated 9,000 women have been killed in Gaza since the October 7 attack.

“As the war on Gaza approaches its five-month mark, Gazan women continue to suffer its devastating impact,” the statement read. “While this war spares no one, UN Women data shows that it kills and injures women in unprecedented ways.”

UN Women reported an average of 63 women are killed every day in Gaza, with an approximate 37 mothers who are killed daily, “leaving their families devastated and their children with diminished protection.”

“More than 4 out of 5 women (84 per cent) report that their family eats half or less of the food they used to before the war began, with mothers and adult women being those tasked with sourcing food, yet eating last, less, and least than everyone else,” the statement added.

Displaced Palestinian women prepare bread inside a tent in Rafah, Gaza, on December 27.
Displaced Palestinian women prepare bread inside a tent in Rafah, Gaza, on December 27. Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

UN Women also pointed out that 87% of women in Gaza find it harder to access food than men.

“Some women are now resorting to extreme coping mechanisms, such as scavenging for food under rubble or in dumpsters,” UN Women said.

They called for immediate humanitarian aid to reach Gaza and an end to “the killing, bombing, and destruction of essential infrastructure in Gaza.”

“Unless there is an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, many more will die in the coming days and weeks,” UN Woman said.

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