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World Food Programme (WFP)
3 August 2007
Hunger's global hotspots 03 Aug 2007
From Afghanistan to Sudan, WFP is on the frontline of crises across the globe. Find out the latest from these hotspots with WFP's weekly operational priorities update.
Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt)
The situation in Gaza remains stable but tense. Clashes erupted between Hamas and Islamic Jihad mid-week however they have now abated.
There were hostilities in the North of Gaza over the weekend, during which agricultural land in Beit Lahia was affected (WFP beneficiaries in the area reported having lost access to land during 2-3 days and others suffered the damage of land/crops/irrigation infrastructure).
Gaza's industry remains completely stagnated by the lack of raw materials entering the Gaza Strip. Increasing numbers of labourers are being laid off or are working reduced working hours leading to rising poverty amongst this group. Viability of farming industry also remains precarious.
More than 2,500 metric tons (mt) have now transited from Egypt into Gaza through Karem Shalom during the past two weeks.