‘80% of Gaza families rely on food aid’

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) says more than 80 percent of households in the impoverished Gaza Strip rely on food assistance.

According to the UNRWA, the Israeli blockade has caused the residents of the enclave to become aid dependent, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Charitable organizations like the Cooperation Without Borders Association provide food to the needy people in Gaza, the report added.

“We are trying to help those in need. The livelihood of families that do not have income is very difficult. The international community did not help end the siege, so we do this with the help of kind people,” said Adel Rezeq of the Cooperation Without Borders Association.

The Cooperation Without Borders Association, which is financed by some locals in the community, provides poor families including the disabled and sick people in Gaza with humanitarian aid.

The Israeli regime laid an economic siege on the Gaza Strip in June 2007 after the democratically-elected Hamas took over the administration of the enclave.

Israel denies some 1.5 million people in Gaza their basic rights, including the freedom of movement and their rights to appropriate living conditions, work, health and education.

(www.presstv.ir / 25.07.2011)

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