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WFP lauds UAE help for Palestinians

posted on 14/07/2006: 770 views

The United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday praised the UAE's efforts to provide aid to Palestinian children in Gaza. Dubai-based WFP's Regional Donor Relations Officer for GCC Dr Tarek Shayya spoke of the "WFP's extreme concern about the food security situation in Gaza” and warned that "the current Israeli operation threatens to perpetuate an already critical situation in Gaza”.

The WFP in its report has warned that "70 per cent face food insecurities in the occupied Palestinian territories and the majority of people [there] are now living below subsistence levels”.

Shayya said that Arab countries and charities in the region have responded to a UN call for more donations to the Palestinian people.

"The UAE government and people's humanitarian help in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is very generous and Red Crescent Society is doing a great job on the ground in many other affected areas,” he said.

The WFP report said that during the Israeli military operation, which started late on 27 June and continues to till date, "Israeli troops control key areas of the Gaza Strip and strategic infrastructure including bridges, roads and the main power station were heavily damaged.

"The pressure exerted on the population is increasing daily, in the form of limited electricity, water shortage.” The UAE Red Crescent Society in collaboration with the UAE Friends Society in Jerusalem has begun an emergency relief campaign in 50 cities, villages and refugee camps in the West Bank to help Palestinians.

The campaign started in Ramallah, Al Birah and some refugee camps where thousands of food parcels were distributed to poor families. Brigadier Saeb Nassar, Ramallah deputy mayor, said: "The aid that started arriving… for the needy families reflects the real noble feelings of the UAE officials and donors towards their Palestinian brothers.” Sami Makkawi, director of UAE Friends Society in Jerusalem, said the Red Crescent drive will continue on a daily basis by distributing food coupons. He explained that the current stage includes distributing food aid worth Dh800,000, to be followed by a Dh1.2 million aid. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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