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Israel gives fuel to UN aid agency in Gaza

UNRWA spokesman says fuel would be enough to continue food delivery operations for 20 days

Israel delivered fuel on Monday to a UN aid agency in the Gaza Strip, a day after the organization said fuel shortages would force it to halt food deliveries to many refugees in the Palestinians enclave.


Peter Lerner, spokesman for Israel's military coordinator for Gaza, said the fuel was piped into the Gaza Strip "as requested" by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which provides aid to about a third of Gaza's population.


UNRWA spokesman Christopher Gunness said the fuel would be enough to continue their food delivery operations for approximately 20 days.


Gaza has been facing a fuel shortage because of Israeli restrictions on supplies and a strike by Palestinian fuel distributors in protest at those restrictions.


UNRWA said on Sunday the lack of fuel would force its food distribution programs to be halted on Monday, affecting some 650,000 people. 


The Gaza fuel association said it went on strike to protest over Israel's supply limits which were cut back sharply after Palestinian militants attacked the Nahal Oz depot last month killing two Israeli civilians.


פרסום ראשון: 05.06.08, 00:37
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