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UN seeks $540 million for Palestinian aid, mostly for Gaza

AP  |  Beir Lahiya (Gaza Strip) 

The says about USD 540 million is needed for humanitarian relief in the in 2018.

Jamie McGoldrick, the top U.N. humanitarian coordinator, said Wednesday that 75 percent of that sum is for Gaza, where "a man-made tragedy is unfolding daily."

has been under an Israeli and Egyptian blockade since the Islamic militant group took over the territory in 2007. The closure along with Hamas' conflicts with and a bitter power struggle with the group's bitter rival, the in the West Bank, has devastated the economy.

Half the sum is to support emergency projects by UNRWA, the main UN agency for Palestinian refugees, after slashed its funding this year.

The rest is to fund food, water, health, sanitation, shelter and education projects.

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First Published: Thu, March 15 2018. 00:40 IST
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