Gaza poverty mounts despite Hamas-Israel truce

UN official John Ging, operation director of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), says, "The situation in the Gaza Strip continues to deteriorate and the number of poor people continues to increase one month after a truce has been reached”.

Following a truce brokered by Egypt between Israel and Gaza militant groups, which took effect on June 19, Israel has slightly eased the blockade imposed on the strip and allowed more amounts of food, fuels and raw materials into Gaza.

Ging announced that his international relief organization decided to offer 6.5 million U.S. dollars as an urgent aid to around 100,000 poor Gaza residents registered at UNRWA.


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