UN assesses Gaza relief needs on first full day of halt to fighting

Published on 19 January 2009

The United Nations has already started assessing the devastating damage and relief needs in the Gaza Strip on the first full day of a truce in fighting between Israel and Hamas, with the overall bill possibly reaching billions of U.S. dollars, amid a feeling of "overwhelming grief" among the 1.5 million inhabitants there, senior UN officials said on Monday. [...] The UN World Food Program (WFP) Lifeline Gaza, launched a week ago at Egypt's border with Gaza to raise awareness and resources for victims of the conflict, has already helped deliver urgently needed nutritious food in Khan (south), Der el Balah (centers) and Gaza City. Lifeline Gaza seeks 81 million U.S. dollars for food and logistics for 365,000 people in peril, said the officials.

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