Nearly seventy percent of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are suffering from food insecurity, according to (OCHA) the United Nations Office for the coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Lack of food security saw a sharp increase during the recent Israeli war on Gaza with Israeli forces targeting farmlands, poultry and animal farms.
Israel also restricts fishing off the coast of the blockaded coastal to less than six nautical miles depriving the population of a very rich source of animal protein.Fishermen are often attacked and arrested by the Israeli navy and their boats are either damaged or destroyed.
Farmers in the so-called buffer zone along the eastern perimeter of the Gaza Strip come under Israeli fire on an almost a daily basis. People there now plant peas and wheat instead of live and citrus.Thousands of trees were uprooted by Israeli tanks and bulldozers during Israeli wars and military incursions.
Poultry farms that were located within the farming areas were also destroyed last summer along with fruit bearing trees and other crops during the Fifty Day Israeli war.
Right to food is recognized in the U.N Declaration of Human Rights and should not be used as an instrument for political and economic pressure.
Experts say Israeli forces have been systematically targeting the livelihood of farmers and fishermen in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the Israeli blockade.