Friday, December 7, 2007

ISRAEL-OPT: Only 41 percent of Gaza's food import needs being met

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

"JERUSALEM, 6 December 2007 (IRIN) - Food imports into the Gaza Strip are only enough to meet 41 percent of demand, the World Food Programme (WFP) has said, though critical UN humanitarian food supplies are being allowed in.

The cost of many basic items, such as beef, wheat and some dairy products have increased significantly, while locally grown produce is fetching extremely low prices on the local market, as exports are banned, threatening the livelihood of farmers......"

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