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Food: non-essential to human life

Posted by Charles II on April 15, 2009

Erin Cunningham, IPS News:

Food, medicine, blankets, infant food and other supplies for Gaza’s 1.5 million … are all sitting in at least eight storage points in and around Al- Arish, a city in North Sinai approximately 50 kilometres from Gaza’s border.

Three months after the end of the war, much of the aid has either rotted or been irreparably damaged as a result of both rain and sunshine, and Egypt’s refusal to open the Rafah crossing.

“To be honest, most of this aid will never make it to Gaza,” a local government official told IPS on condition of anonymity. “A lot of the food here will have to be thrown away.”

The United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) head in Gaza, John Ging, told IPS last week that the stranglehold on relief efforts in the post-war period was having devastating consequences, both physical and emotional, on the strip’s population. …

Much of what is being stored in North Sinai – including food items like lentils, pasta, chickpeas, and juice – has been deemed by Israel to be “non- essential” to life in the Gaza Strip. …

May the Israeli and the Egyptian officials who are denying food and medicine to the civilians of Gaza go to the same hell.

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