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UN official expresses shock at dire humanitarian situation in Gaza Strip

Feb. 15, 2008 11:58 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 15, 2008 11:58 A.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Sir John Holmes, said on Friday he was shocked by the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.

At a press conference in the UNRWA headquarters in Gaza during a visit to the Strip Holmes said, "I am shocked by the things that I saw today in Gaza, and these things are difficult because of the closure which has led to a lack of food and rising unemployment among Palestinian citizens."

Holmes added that the percentage of citizens who depend on food aid provided by UNRWA is 80%. He also highlighted the problems of sanitation, water and electricity because of the lack of fuel, which has affected the work of hospitals.

He also called on international institutions to increase their work in the Gaza Strip.

Holmes said that he would convey what he saw during his visit to the Gaza Strip to the United Nations.

His visit to the impoverished coastal region came on the second day of his five day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.

He was in Gaza to receive a summary report on the humanitarian implications on the Israeli siege on the coastal region and the difficulties faced by UN organizations in providing aid and assistance.

Holmes is due to meet with government official, United Nations staff and delegates from humanitarian organizations, diplomats and delegates from donor nations during his five-day stay in the region.

He is also due to visit the Israeli town of Sderot.

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