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Gaza faces food, water shortage: UN official

Iran Press TV

Thu Jul 24, 2014 12:59PM GMT

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has expressed deep concern over shortage of food and water in the Gaza Strip as Israel continues its offensive in the besieged enclave for the 17th day.

Amos said on Thursday that 44 percent of Gaza has become a no-go area for Palestinians due to Tel Aviv's ongoing military operations, and residents were facing shortage of food.

'We have over 118,000 people now who are sheltering in UN schools... people are running out of food. Water is also a serious concern,' she said.

The UN official further noted that the situation in Gaza is "dire" and "terrible," adding that brokering a ceasefire to end the violence in the enclave is absolutely "vital."

Amos also said that the majority of fatalities in Gaza "are women, children, men who have nothing to do with the fighting."

She also called for major changes in the delivery of humanitarian aid as funding fell short because of a growing number of conflicts across the globe.

At least 736 Palestinians have been killed and more than 4,600 others wounded since the Israeli offensive began on July 8. Palestinian human rights group estimates that 81 percent of those killed in Gaza are civilians.

Tel Aviv has so far hit more than 3,250 locations in the besieged Gaza Strip, completely destroying nearly 500 homes and partially damaging 2,644.

With crises in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, UN funding appeals have risen to a record 16.9 billion dollars in 2014 to help more than 50 million people. The number stood at six billion dollars in 2004.

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