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Gaza update: 24 January 2008

There is a serious food crisis in the Gaza Strip resulting from a progressive seven-month economic blockade.

  • There is a serious food crisis in the Gaza Strip resulting from a progressive seven-month economic blockade.
  • WFP access to Gaza is being hindered by new Israeli security restrictions coupled with border closures which have limited the movement of WFP supplies.
  • Three-quarters of the Gaza population rely on UN assistance which covers 61-65 percent of their needs.
  • No WFP trucks entered Gaza between Friday 18 January and Monday 21 January, while three entered on 22 January and six on 23 January. Security restrictions prevented the transport of sugar and flour.
  • Access restrictions means WFP is running out of food, and, as a result, vulnerable people such as the sick and elderly received only partial rations yesterday. Tensions rose at a distribution point yesterday after supplies of chickpeas, sugar and salt ran out.
  • The restrictions have also hit the WFP fuel stocks.
  • The new security checks are leading to a cost increase of an estimated US$45,500 extra per month to WFP operations in Gaza.