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UN warns of serious humanitarian crisis in Gaza

Humanitarian CrisisInhabitants in the Gaza Strip are facing a serious health and food crisis seven days into an Israeli bombing campaign, despite an increase in humanitarian shipments, U.N. officials said on Friday.

“There is a critical emergency right now in the Gaza Strip right now as we speak,” said Maxwell Gaylard, U.N. humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinians Territories. “It is true supplies have been going into the strip, in fact possibly more than in previous weeks, but at the same time there are critical gaps.”

Power outages are lasting 16 hours at a time and running water is only available every five to seven days, according to the U.N.

Gaylard added that despite the entrance of medical supplies into the Gaza strip, hospitals and clinics are still seriously strained and infrastructure is breaking down under the strain of all the casualties.

On Thursday, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni maintained there was no humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Christopher Gunness, spokesman for the U.N.’s relief operation in the Gaza Strip, which employs nearly 10,000 people there, expressed confidence in the U.N.’s assessment of the humanitarian situation.

“We are very well placed to tell whether there is a humanitarian crisis or not,” he said.

Source: International Herald Tribune

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