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Source: World Food Programme (WFP)
12 February 2008

Hunger's global hotspots: 12 February 2008


12 February 2008 - In regions wracked by violence or submerged by floods, the first emergency is how to deliver enough food as quickly and efficiently as possible. Here are some of the crises counted among WFP's "global hotspots".


Occupied Palestinian territories

• In January 2008 Israel escalated its blockade of Gaza, leading to severe power cuts, disruption of water supplies and sewage treatment, and a suspension of commercial imports. This has in turn led to severe food shortages and price increases.

• WFP CO is meeting with Israeli authorities to find a workable solution for the delivery of humanitarian food supplies into Gaza, which is hampered by new security measures.

As a result of additional security procedures being imposed at border crossings, since 17 January, only 20 WFP trucks have been able to deliver food supplies. The new procedures have drastically slowed WFP's ability to deliver supplies, resulting in a loss of 2 percent of cargo and additional logistics costs. WFP has been forced to suspend deliveries until a solution - promised within the next few days - can be found.

• Egyptian authorities have closed the Gaza/Egypt border, and are now urging the few remaining Palestinians at the border to return to Gaza.

• WFP has stopped distributions to 2,501 social hardship beneficiaries due to lack of wheat flour. In some parts of Gaza City and Northern Gaza social hardship case families are currently receiving a partial ration due to shortage of sugar and salt.


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