The United Nations warns that hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are starving to death amid a “globally unprecedented” situation in the Gaza Strip. A new study by several U.N. agencies and other institutions on Thursday concluded that 577,000 people in the sealed-off coastal strip fall into the most severe category of hunger. In contrast, there are currently 129,000 people in the rest of the world combined who, according to the analysis, are at similar risk.

“I have never seen anything like this. The scale of acute food insecurity is unprecedented in terms of severity, speed of deterioration and complexity,” said World Food Program (WFP) New York spokeswoman Shaza Moghraby. The people at risk of “catastrophic” hunger in the face of Israeli attacks represent more than a quarter of the more than two million people in the area. Almost all residents are affected by hunger or displacement.

As a result of Israel’s warfare, the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is dramatic. According to the UN, more aid deliveries are urgently needed to ensure that the high number of thousands of civilian victims does not continue to rise. “We cannot wait for a famine to be declared before we act,” Moghraby said. Israel sealed off and attacked the Gaza Strip after the horrific terrorist attack by the Islamist Hamas on October 7th.