/ 29 February 2024

Growing concerns over Gaza aid

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The United Nations’ humanitarian agency – OCHA – says humanitarian organisations are being “systemically denied access” to Gaza, with aid convoys facing regular attacks – something that Israel denies. Experts say photos and videos of Palestinians fighting to get hold of what aid is coming through highlight the scale of the issue. Officials warned that one-quarter of Gaza’s population – about 576,000 people, including children – is experiencing an “escalating famine” which could “kill thousands” within the coming days. It comes as the Albanese government told another UN agency – UNWRA – that Australia needs confidence aid will go to those who need it, as calls grow to reinstate at least $6m in funding to the organisation. Oz was among a dozen countries to suspend its financial support after Israel alleged that numerous UNWRA staff were involved in the 7 October Hamas attacks. 

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