Israel offensive heightens Gaza humanitarian crisis

Published on 05 January 2009

Israel's military onslaught against Hamas has aggravated Gaza's humanitarian crisis, with electricity and communications cut and the population now facing dire food shortages, aid agencies said overnight. The Israeli army said the World Food Program (WFP) halted emergency shipments to Gaza because its warehouses were full, but the UN agency insisted it was desperate to get supplies into the enclave.

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