Their assertion got here as Israel mentioned it will step up its strikes in Gaza to extend stress on Hamas, and its senior officers warned troops to be able to enter the besieged Palestinian territory.
Since shock Hamas assaults on Israel on October 7 left 1,400 useless, Israel has launched devastating air and floor bombardments of Gaza. The Hamas authorities say 4,385 folks have died.
The assertion by the UN businesses got here as the primary help vehicles arrived in Gaza from Egypt Saturday.
“Greater than 1.6 million folks in Gaza are in important want of humanitarian help,” mentioned the assertion from businesses together with the World Well being Group (WHO) and UNICEF, the kids’s company.
“Kids, pregnant ladies and the aged stay probably the most susceptible. Practically half of Gaza’s inhabitants are youngsters,” it added.
“Gaza was a determined humanitarian state of affairs earlier than the newest hostilities,” it added.
“It’s now catastrophic. The world should do extra.”
The opposite three businesses to signal the assertion had been the World Meals Programme, the event company UNDP and the UNFPA, the inhabitants fund.