UN food agency steps up help in Gaza, appeals for funds
Israeli air strikes hammered the Gaza Strip Monday after a week of violence that has killed more than 200 people, the large majority Palestinian, despite international calls for de-escalation.
"The quickest and most effective way we can provide support is with cash, in the form of e-vouchers."
He said many shops were open and food was currently available in the crowded Palestinian enclave but warned the closure of crossings into Gaza "may soon cause a dearth of commodities, including food, and push up food prices".
Prices of fresh produce are already rising as farmers are unable to reach their land, the UN agency said.
The WFP said it supporting the coordination of humanitarian cargo that may need to enter the area if borders stay closed.
"Their situation has deteriorated even further over the past year due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
"The majority of the population cannot withstand further shocks and the current situation could unleash a crisis that could spill into the entire region."
In addition, it said it urgently needs $14 million to support emergency assistance in the next three months for 160,000 people in Gaza and 60,000 in the West Bank.