U.N. Suspends Gaza Aid, Blames Israel
Posted on Jan 8, 2009
The United Nations is suspending relief activity in the Gaza Strip following multiple attacks by Israeli forces. “Our installations have been hit, our workers have been killed in spite of the fact that the Israeli authorities have the co-ordinates of our facilities and that all our movements are co-ordinated with the Israeli army,” said a U.N. Relief and Works Agency spokesman quoted by the BBC.
Unrwa’s move came shortly after it said one person had been killed and two hurt when a fork-lift truck on a UN aid mission came under Israeli tank fire at Gaza’s Erez crossing.
It said it was “with great regret” that it had been forced to make a difficult decision.
“We have suspended our operations in Gaza until the Israeli authorities can guarantee our safety and security,” said Unrwa spokesman Chris Gunness.
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The U.N. Relief and Works Agency’s food distribution center at Beach Camp in the Gaza Strip.