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Source: World Food Programme (WFP)
1 August 2014

WFP Steps Up Emergency Food Assistance In Gaza As Situation Deteriorates

GAZA – Four weeks into the conflict in Gaza, the humanitarian situation is rapidly deteriorating and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is responding to increased needs by stepping up provision of emergency food and other assistance.

“WFP is extremely concerned about the breakdown of the ceasefire,” said WFP Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin. “WFP and humanitarian counterparts on the ground continue to remain operational and it is crucial that we have unhindered access to the people who need our help and that civilians are protected.”

Working closely with the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), WFP has been providing emergency food rations to those sheltering in UNRWA schools and elsewhere.

To date, WFP has reached more than 255,000 conflict-affected people in Gaza with emergency food assistance. This includes an increase of more than 50,000 people in two days. WFP, UNRWA and partners are constantly identifying new needs and are working to reach additional people. The emergency response includes:

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food in emergencies and working with communities to build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

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Rossella Fanelli, WFP/Jerusalem, Tel. +972 2 5401340 2210, Mob. +972 54 6773160
Yasmine Abuelassal, WFP/Jerusalem, Tel. +972 2 5401340 2215 Mob. +972 54 6773170
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel.+39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. +41 79 473 4570
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel. +44 20 72409001, Mob. +44 7968 008474
Steve Taravella, WFP/Washington DC, Tel. +1 202 653 1149, Mob. +1 202 770 5993

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