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Gaza City: Bakery reopening brings bread to hungry families

Alex Footman
April 16, 2024

Families in Gaza's north, long reliant on scant expired flour since Israel-Hamas war began, have now secured enough bread for several days. The World Food Program has confirmed new supplies of fuel and flour for the harshly blockaded region, which bore the brunt of the initial Israeli offensive.


After half a year without flour to bake with or fuel to power its ovens, supplies from the World Food Program have brought this bakery back to life. Staff are working day and night to provide a lifeline to a population on the brink of starvation. 

Bakery worker: “After a long struggle, six months after the bakery was closed, we are once again producing bread to prevent famine in the Gaza Strip.”

Outside, the queues are massive. Israel cut off almost all aid to northern Gaza following Hamas' October 7 attacks. The UN says the territory has the highest levels of catastrophic hunger in the world. Aid agencies accuse Israel of not allowing enough food and other humanitarian supplies into Gaza.

The Al-Jabda family didn't walk through rubble and destroyed buildings for nothing: they're going home with a bag of desperately needed bread.

Abdelrahman Al-Jadba: "We feel a sense of relief to be able to feed these children again, to end their hunger and be able to move on to the next day. And maybe, God willing, to bring more bread again."

The modest meal is a rare feast for the family of four. For months they survived on what little they could find — mostly leftover flour from aid deliveries that had spilled on the ground and mixed with soil and sand. 

Umm Ahmad Al-Jadba: "Breakfast consists of flatbread made of flour mixed with sand. God helps us, this is what our life is like."

The Al-Jabdas have staved off hunger for now — but no one in Gaza City knows how long they'll have to wait for the next bag of bread.