UN fund allocates $7 mln for Gaza relief

UN said it was allocating $7 million from an emergency fund to help provide food and clean water in Gaza.

UN fund allocates $7 mln for Gaza relief
The United Nations said on Wednesday it was allocating $7 million from an emergency fund to help provide food and clean water in Gaza, where the Palestinian death toll has risen above 1,000.

The funding will also be used to repair damaged shelters, provide fuel for powering water pumping stations and hospitals, provide clean drinking water in shelters and finance ready-made meals, U.N. humanitarian affairs chief John Holmes said.

Holmes said in a statement that 500,000 Gazans had no access to running water.

The U.N. children's agency, UNICEF, said over 300 children had been killed and more than 1,500 wounded in Gaza.

"Beyond the immediate needs of the children who have lost their homes, have no access to water, electricity and medicine, beyond the horrific physical scars and injuries however, are the deeper psychological wounds of these children," UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman said in a statement.

Reuters
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