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Hunger in the news
7 January 2009

Frenetic UN diplomacy over Gaza

As the Israeli offensive in Gaza ended its 11th day, foreign ministers from the key powers arrived in New York for a 48-hour period of frenetic diplomacy. [...] The search for a diplomatic solution to the crisis seems to be coalescing behind the proposal by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, backed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, for a truce followed by talks with Israel and the Palestinians.
BBC News
Hunger in the news
7 January 2009

Israel Resumes Attack After Pause for Aid Delivery

Israel said Wednesday that it would send senior officials to talk with Egypt about halting the conflict in Gaza, but there were no immediate signs of a diplomatic breakthrough. Fighting between Israel and Hamas militants continued after a brief pause earlier in the day. International pressure for a negotiated cease-fire intensified a day after Israeli shells killed some 40 people at a United Nations school in Gaza.
New York Times
Hunger in the news
7 January 2009

Israel Warns Residents Along Gaza-Egypt Border of Air Strikes

Israeli aircraft have dropped leaflets over Rafah in southern Gaza, warning people to leave the border city before air strikes are launched. Rafah has the only crossing between the Palestinian territory and Egypt, but it is largely closed. It also has an extensive network of illegal tunnels into Egypt, used by Hamas militants as well as civilians to smuggle supplies.
Voice of America
Hunger in the news
7 January 2009

Middle East: UN food agency 'pins hopes' on partial Gaza truce

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).
adnkronos
Hunger in the news
6 January 2009

‘We’re wading in death, blood and amputees. Pass it on – shout it out’

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.
The Times (UK)
Hunger in the news
6 January 2009

Egypt asks for opening of humanitarian routes

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.
The Age
Hunger in the news
6 January 2009

Ugandan peacekeeper, WFP worker killed in Somalia

A roadside bomb killed a Ugandan soldier in Somalia's capital on Tuesday and masked gunmen murdered a man working for the United Nation's World Food Programme in the southwest of the Horn of Africa nation. The killings come as Ethiopian troops who have been propping up an interim government and fighting Islamist insurgents for the past two years are pulling out of Somalia, saying their mission has been accomplished.
Reuters
Hunger in the news
5 January 2009

FM: We're allowing more aid into Gaza

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.
Hunger in the news
5 January 2009

A case for intervention

By any reasonable measure, Zimbabwe's president has committed crimes against humanity justifying an international response If the Bush doctrine justified the use of armed force to prevent harm to westerners, then the Obama doctrine should be to use the force of international law to stop crimes against humanity or grave, man-made humanitarian disasters.
The Guardian
Hunger in the news
5 January 2009

Concerns of civilian deaths rise in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan forces overran another village Monday and moved closer to seizing a strategic base from the Tamil Tigers, but concerns are mounting for the hundreds of thousands of civilians living in the rebels' shrinking territory.
Associated Press (AP) Washington Post

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