The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in Gaza (UNRWA), recieved Thursday a fund from the United Arab Emirates, worthy of $4 million dollars, to be allocated for food assistance, the UNRWA provides for Palestinian refugees in the coastal territory.
The fund will be used in purchasing food packages including cooking oil, flour and milk-powder, to be provided to poor Palestinian families, in a time 80 percent of Gaza’s 1.5 million residents, in the past ten months, have been increasingly dependent on UNRWA’s food aid.
Karen Abu Zaid, UNRWA’s commissioner general, told media outlets that 1.1 million residents of Gaza are currently dependent on the UNRWA food assistance, the highest figure in recent months.
Abu Zaid thanked the president of the EUA, Khalifa Ben Zayed, for the said fund money, making clear that such funds will help feed thousands of Palestinian households in the Gaza Strip, who have been suffering from ‘poverty, isolation and siege’ since June of last year.
The UNRWA, main provider of social, health and sanitation services for Palestinian refugees over the past six decades, has been recently strggling to meet increasing demands of the Gaza’s residents amidst a crippling Israeli closure of the coastal Strip since June2007, as many essential supplies have been made scare due to deep recission of Gaza’s economy.