HIGHLIGHTS OF DEVELOPMENTS IN THE U.N. SYSTEM

 

 UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK

Friday, January 2, 2009

A briefing was held today by Robert Serry, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process,
 who provided an update on the situation in Gaza via video-link from Jerusalem.

[The noon briefing will resume on Monday, January 5, 2009]

SITUATION IN GAZA REMAINS “APPALLING” AS UNITED NATIONS STARTS EMERGENCY BREAD DISTRIBUTIONS

  • The World Food Programme (WFP) reports that it has started distributing bread to families in areas of Gaza that have been badly hit by the recent upsurge in fighting.
     
  • The emergency distribution, which started on Thursday in Beit Hanoun, is for 3,000 poor families — some 15,000 people — who had not previously been receiving WFP food aid.
     
  • The recent attacks in the Gaza Strip have prevented WFP and its partners from operating at full capacity. And the difficulty of guaranteeing humanitarian access into Gaza over the last two months has reduced the availability of WFP food stocks, which would have helped address new needs, WFP says.
     
  • WFP calls the current situation in Gaza “appalling,” notes that many basic food items are no longer available on the market, and says that it urgently requires $9 million to meet foreseen additional food needs caused by the upsurge in fighting.

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