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Food distribution in Rafah suspended due to lack of security, says UN agency

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) said on Tuesday (21) that food distribution in the city of Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip, is suspended due to a lack of supplies and security.

Israeli attacks on the southern and northern ends of the Gaza Strip this month have caused a new exodus of hundreds of thousands of people from their homes and drastically restricted the flow of aid, increasing the risk of famine in the Palestinian territory.

Furthermore, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) called on Israel to ease restrictions on the entry of aid into Gaza, saying that the main channel for delivering emergency medical aid to the enclave from Egypt has been cut off.

Israel seized and closed the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt on May 7, cutting off a vital route for people and humanitarian aid to enter and leave the enclave.

“At a time when the people of Gaza are at risk of starvation, we call on Israel to lift the blockade and allow aid to enter,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a press conference in Geneva, describing the situation of the Palestinian enclave as “beyond catastrophic”.

Source: CNN Brasil

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