The UN food agency, WFP, said food was running out fast in the Gaza Strip where people were panic buying and prices had escalated in recent days as the situation deteriorated.
Flour, the basic food staple, had quadrupled in price, many places had sold out and total stocks would be exhausted in three to ten days. There was enough food to feed cattle for a month and chickens for two weeks.
"There is a grave humanitarian crisis unfolding in Gaza," said a WFP spokeswoman. No commercial goods could enter the territory as a result of border closures.
Ten aid lorries, carrying 290 tons of food, were due to arrive at the frontier Tuesday and it was hoped they would be allowed to pass. Before the crisis 80 per cent of the population in Gaza, 275,000 people, needed food assistance from the WFP and the number was growing.
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