|[ 24/01/2011 – 10:15 AM ]|
GAZA, (PIC)– The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a report on Sunday that UN-affiliated agencies in Gaza might suspend distribution of wheat in the Strip due to acute shortage in the product.
It said that the wheat stock in Gaza would run out in four and a half days.
OCHA blamed the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) for the shortage saying that it occurred after the IOA closed the Karni conveyor belt delivering wheat and grain in the period 12 – 18 January.
The UN body stressed the importance of allowing entry of an urgent wheat consignment into the Strip.
For its part, the popular committee against the siege urged the concerned Arab, Islamic, and international parties to pressure the IOA to allow entry of wheat shipments into the Strip.
It said in a press release on Sunday that all commercial crossings should be opened and all necessary material for the life of the people in Gaza should be allowed access.
The committee charged that closing the Gaza crossings was in violation of international laws and the Geneva Convention.
Palestinian medical sources say 21 of their staff have been killed during Israels military offensive in the Gaza Strip.
Victims of one strike in Gaza City were forced to wait four hours for assistance after medics were forced to abandon their vehicles and walk 2km to reach them.
Imran Khan reports.