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article imageUN agency stopped aid supply to Gaza Strip

By Subhabrata Das     Feb 7, 2009 in World
On Friday a UN agency for war-affected Palestinian refugees announced that it would stop supplying humanitarian aids to Gaza Strip due to the intrusion by the Hamas militant group.
The UN Relief and Works agency (UNRWA) has reportedly said that it has halted all aid shipments into the Gaza Strip due to the interception of a UN aid shipment by the Hamas personnel for the second time this week.
UNRWA in a statement said that on Thursday Hamas took away 10 truckloads of flour and rice, which were sent by UN agency to Gaza Strip. Earlier this week, in another incident Hamas police intercepted thousands of blankets and food parcels meant for needy residents.
UNRWA said that the suspension in aid supply would sustain until Hamas returns the stolen aid with credible assurances that Hamas would not repeat such incidents in future.
UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said the present stock of aid is gradually thinning out.
``There is enough aid for days, not weeks,'' he said. Chris also said the existing supplies would run out early next week. Notably, almost 80 per cent of Palestinians in Gaza depends on UN aid.
However, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum called UNRWA's decision ``unjustified.'' He accused UN agency for distributing aids to groups attached to rival political parties.
``We as Hamas refuse all use of the people's needs for political ends,'' he said. He called on UNRWA ``to put an end to using aid for political means, and to distribute it to all the needy equally.''
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