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Source: World Food Programme (WFP)
29 January 2008


Hunger's global hotspots: 29th January 2008

Introduction

31 January 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".

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Occupied Palestinian territories

• WFP is monitoring the border situation in close contact with the Egyptian Red Crescent Society (ERCS) and local government authorities. According to these contacts, there are no major humanitarian needs in the area that cannot be met by local government authorities. The majority of those crossing the border are doing so to buy essential supplies.

WFP and UNHCR have requested permission from the Government of Egypt to conduct a technical mission to the border area to obtain first-hand information on the situation. The mission will take place as soon as necessary clearances are obtained.

• Despite a political commitment reached yesterday to open the border areas Israel - Gaza, there has been no humanitarian corridor established. As a result WFP supplies are not getting into Gaza from Israel and WFP is forced to distribute partial rations to 84,000 beneficiaries.

• The two main challenges to WFP are currently: closure of the crossings linked to political events as well as security issues (rockets fired by militants onto the border) and; the new lengthy security procedures at the crossings, which is limiting the cargo able to cross each day to around ten trucks, and is resulting in very high losses of cargo (1.8 percent). WFP is working to resolve these issues as soon as possible.

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