BRUSSELS (Jul. 19)
The European Commission, the executive body of the European Community, has decided to provide some $3 million of emergency food aid to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
The commission announced that 6,000 tons of flour, 600 tons of rice and 600 tons of sugar will be provided for the 120,000 Palestinian families living in the territory. The food will be delivered via the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees.
The aid is aimed at helping the local population, which is suffering from a deteriorating economic situation brought on by Israel’s decision in late March to seal off the administered territories from Israel proper.
As a result of the closure, many Palestinians who formerly held jobs in Israel proper are now unemployed.
The E.C. body said that the food situation in the region has become alarming because of restrictions on free movement in the Gaza Strip.