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Source: World Food Programme (WFP)
8 January 2008

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The World Food Program is appealing for funding to aid a major portion of Gaza's population.

The agency says it will take up to 2 million dollars a month to feed those in need. WFP spokesperson Kirstie Campbell says 70 percent of the population has to choose between putting food on the table or a roof over their heads.

"The situation in Gaza is continuing to be extremely grave. The population has experienced extremely tight restrictions to basic commodities for the last almost seven months; since last June. Only about half of the basic needs, in terms of the food needs, are getting through and the populations are becoming increasingly reliant on humanitarian assistance."

Ms. Campbell also says restrictions on the types of food entering Gaza are also making it difficult for those living there to get proper nutrition.

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