British Palestinian families call for urgent and immediate intervention in Gaza to avoid imminent famine

London, 30th January 2024- The International Centre of Justice for Palestinians has written a letter to the Prime Minister on behalf of members of the Palestinian community in the UK with families and loved one living in Gaza, calling for ‘urgent and immediate intervention’ in Gaza to avoid an imminent famine.

The letter, issued to the Prime Minister on the 30th January 2024, calls for the Royal Air Force to follow the initiative of Jordanian-French missions in airlifting aid directly into Gaza, in order to prevent a famine that is looming due to food scarcity concerns in the region. The UN’s Integrated Food Security Phase Classification tool now indicates that 1.75 million people in Gaza are in the two highest phases of food insecurity, Phase 4 (Humanitarian Emergency) or Phase 5 (Famine/Humanitarian Catastrophe).

The call comes at a time when many Western countries including the United Kingdom have decided to slash funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the main aid provider for millions of Palestinians in Gaza and the region. ICJP shares the view expressed by 21 civil society organisations in a letter released on Monday 29th January, expressing concern that UNRWA funding cuts threaten Palestinian lives in Gaza and the region, due to the impending risk of famine.


Notes to Editors:

  1. The International Centre of Justice for Palestinians is an independent organisation of lawyers, politicians and academics who support the rights of Palestinians and aim to protect their rights through the law. 
  2. For more information, to arrange an interview with an ICJP spokesperson, please contact the ICJP news desk at [email protected].
  3. To arrange an interview with a British Palestinian Families spokesperson, please contact [email protected].