UN aid convoy arrives in Gaza from Egypt

Geneva - A UN humanitarian aid convoy crossed into Gaza from Egypt on Wednesday for the first time since a blockade was introduced on the territory in 2007.

The World Food Programme (WFP) said the convoy, which entered Gaza through the Rafah crossing, carried enough food to last 150 000 people for five days.

The delivery follows 50 days of the deadliest violence in a decade between Hamas and Israel, which appears to have ended after a new long-term ceasefire was reached on Tuesday.

"It is extremely important that we have access to the Gaza Strip to ensure a constant flow of humanitarian supplies to meet the growing needs of the people affected by the recent violence," said Mohamed Diab, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe.

$70m still needed

The convoy was carrying 15 650 food parcels, including ready-to-eat canned meat, canned beans, tea and dates, according to a statement from the UN agency in Geneva.

Another 10 000 parcels are to be delivered in the next few days.

Since the violence began in July, WFP has provided daily food rations to around 350 000 people in Gaza.

The organisation said it needs around $70 million to continue its mission for the next three months.

Under the ceasefire deal reached on Tuesday, Israel will ease restrictions on the entry of goods, humanitarian aid and construction materials into Gaza.

Ending the blockade had been a key Palestinian demand in truce talks, with Hamas hailing the agreement as a "victory for the resistance".

Enig Ma 2014-08-27 06:05:50 PM
Hope Hamas do not abduct one of these aid workers, like IS did to that aid worker!
Makhulu Zulu 2014-08-27 06:21:02 PM
Just shows how sick these zionists are not to allow such aid to flow into the region for such a long time. I'm glad the Palestinians resisted against terrorist Israel. Continue BDS of Israel.
Mohammed Salajee 2014-08-27 06:41:22 PM
maaaaa enig always B positive & not on the negative side u will go far in life.Hope & pray that it reaches those deserve it most & the blockade stays open forever.
David Jones 2014-08-27 06:44:50 PM
A 52 year old Israeli citizen has been hurt by a mortar fired fire by ISIS affiliated rebel group near a Syrian border with Israel. They are emulating Hamas. Scary stuff is looming!
Mohammed Salajee 2014-08-27 06:45:33 PM
Our own gift of the givers r there for 2 mounts they were waiting for block aid to open.Today's daily news got an article that they also enterered hope they mission is fulfilled.
Mohammed Salajee 2014-08-27 06:48:32 PM
Shame only one hope israhell seeks medical assistance & don't blockade ambulance from reaching him.Get well soon
Yusuf Bhyat 2014-08-27 08:13:58 PM
Rumors are carried by haters, spread by fools, and accepted by idiots...