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UNRWAR to stop Gaza relief services due to fuel shortage
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22:07, April 23, 2008

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The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian refugees announced on Wednesday that it will stop on Thursday offering services to the Gaza Strip refugees due to fuel shortage.

John Ging, the operation director of UNRWA, said in a statement sent to reporters that UNRWA decided to stop all its relief operations offered to one million refugees in the Gaza Strip on Thursday due to fuel shortage.

He has warned that the tightened Israeli blockade, especially fuel restrictions, imposed on the Gaza Strip for the past ten months had led to real disaster to one and a half million Palestinians.

Ging said that the blockade, which culminated in blocking fuel supplies for about two weeks, was posing real danger to the lives of the strip's populace and causing an unmanageable humanitarian crisis.

He called for immediate reopening of fuel supplies to Gaza to enable its inhabitants to live in dignity, noting that they are protected by international laws and legitimacy.

After Islamic Hamas movement took control of the Gaza Strip in June last year, Israel imposed a tightened blockade on the enclave and closed all its border crossings, except for humanitarian needs of food, fuel and medicine.

Following a series of armed attacks carried out by Gaza militants on key border crossings between the Gaza Strip and Israel, Israel barred fuel for cars into the strip for more than two weeks.


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