Halt! Who Goes There? Well, Not Aid
Posted on Feb 6, 2009
Be it a political gamble or a mix-up of epic proportions, Hamas is being accused of stealing humanitarian aid from U.N. trucks in the Gaza Strip. Due to the thefts, officials say, aid has stopped flowing into the battle-torn territory, where half the population depends on the U.N. shipments for food.
The UN aid agency in Gaza says it has suspended all aid shipments, accusing the Hamas government of seizing hundreds of tonnes of food supplies.
Hamas admitted that a “mistake” was made and says it will return the goods.
But Unwra says deliveries will not restart until it has assurances that such seizures will not happen again.
Gaza is facing a humanitarian crisis after Israel’s three-week offensive. About half the population is dependent on UN food aid.
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About half of Gaza’s 1.4 million people rely on food aid provided by the U.N. and other agencies.