Food here has become politicized—in ways, even weaponized—and a microcosm of the forces shaping Gaza’s humanitarian crises.
Faith Zaydan was the PLO's Fatah official responsible for the Palestinian refugee camp of Mieh Mieh in Sidon, which is near a larger camp that has recently seen clashes between Fatah and rival Palestinian and Islamist factions.
"At a time of growing instability and rising extremism, there's going to be an extra half million kids on the streets of the Middle East," Chris Gunness, an UNRWA spokesperson, told VICE News.
The militants continued their push into regime-controlled parts of Syria, seizing some sections of the camp in southern Damascus that was once home to 150,000 Palestinian refugees.
As Palestinians cope with the physical destruction of Gaza, a group of breakdancers provides a free and much-needed distraction to local kids.
The IDF warns Gazans to evacuate with leaflets and text messages — but in the crammed strip, there are few safe options.