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7 January 2009

The United Nations World Food Programme on Wednesday welcomed the three-hour daily pause in Israel's aerial and ground offensive in Gaza. "We are pinning our hopes on the 1 to 4 p.m. ceasefire to do our daily distribution," WFP spokesperson in Jerusalem Robin Lodge told Adnkronos International (AKI).


6 January 2009

Amid the tidal wave of human misery swamping Gaza City’s central hospital a horrified Norwegian volunteer doctor found a minute to type a text message on his mobile phone to friends back home.


6 January 2009

Egypt has called for the creation of humanitarian corridors in Gaza to allow food and medicine to be brought in, as Israeli air strikes forced the closure of its Rafah crossing to aid and the wounded.


5 January 2009

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni met Sunday with the representatives of a number of organizations providing humanitarian aid to the Palestinians, amid Israeli efforts to ensure that aid to the Palestinians continues even as the scale of the fighting is intensified.


5 January 2009

The humanitarian crisis in Gaza affects women and children first and foremost, according to UNICEF. On Friday, WFP qualified the food security situation in Gaza as “disastrous.” The Israeli offensive has already killed over 500 people.


5 January 2009

The humanitarian situation is getting worst since the state of Israel launched an offensive on the Gaza strip on the 27th of December. The World Food Program denounced a catastrophic food situation in Gaza.


5 January 2009

Israeli troops commandeered high-rise buildings in three eastern districts of Gaza City on Monday, expelling residents and shooting militants in the streets in their furious effort to break Hamas’s fighting ability. On the 10th day of Israel’s war on the Islamist rulers of Gaza, more Palestinian civilians, including about 12 children, were killed and fuel and water supplies were severely strained for hundreds of thousands.


5 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.


5 January 2009

There is no more fuel oil or gas to buy in the markets in the Gaza Strip. Flour, rice, sugar, dairy products and tinned food run short, too. The UN World Food Programme estimates that by now about 80 percent of the population rely on food assistance.


4 January 2009

The humanitarian situation is critical - Christine VanNieuwenhuyse, WFP representative in oPt, stated that 80% Gaza’s population is dependent on food assistance.