Israeli attacks blocked way for humanitarian aid to Gaza: UNRWA official
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 30/ Trend , U. Sadigova/ The missiles Israel fired at the Gaza Strip, which blocked all borders, hinder international organizations to provide humanitarian aid to population.
For the last four days several trucks with food and medicine entered to the Gaza Strip mainly through Rafah checkpoint of Egypt. However, worldwide media reports that there is no food and medicine in the city and hospitals lack medicine. The death toll has reached 380. The number of injured is rising every hour.
Workers of international humanitarian organizations in Gaza can not provide aid to population as their security is not ensured, said Sami Mushasha, official representative of UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East).
"Two of our workers have been killed as a result of attacks and we can not we can not deliver proper aid to Gaza," Mushasha said to Trend by telephone from the West Bank.
"There are 32 trucks with food and medicine waiting for Gaza. But there is no guarantee for their delivery to civilians because of blockade of borders and constant fires," he said.
UNRWA has been operating since 1948 with offices based in various cities of the Arab states and Europe and U.S. as well. For the last couple of years, the organization has been engaged in construction of schools (total of 214 schools) and public enterprise in Gaza.
"We don't have any food in our warehouses. The only help are trucks with food and medicine. But we are not sure how we will deliver it to the people," Mushasha said.
Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip have killed seven UN mission workers.
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned Israel's actions and urged Hamas and Tel-Aviv to immediately stop fire and sit at the table of talks. However, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said air strikes are only start of Operation Cast Iron targeted against Hamas members and they will end with land bombing in couple of days.
"International organizations hope that Israel fill respond to the call of the UN Secretary General and open borders for humanitarian aid," UNRWA spokesperson in the West Bank said.
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