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UN food aid starts again in Gaza

The United Nations will resume food distribution in the Gaza Strip today after suspending operations last week when its offices were invaded by protesters.

RAMALLAH // The United Nations will resume food distribution in the Gaza Strip today after suspending operations last week when its offices were invaded by protesters.

The UN Relief and Works Agency will reopen its doors because it has received assurances from "the relevant parties", Gaza's Hamas rulers, about the safety of its staff, its Gaza spokesman Adnan Abu Hasna said.

The agency's 20 food centres serve 800,000 people, nearly half the population of the Gaza Strip.

Dozens of Palestinians stormed the agency's Gaza City office on Thursday because of its decision to halt a US$40 million (Dh147m) cash handout programme relied on by more than 100,000 people.

The agency is trying to raise $68m from donors to cover the deficit that caused it to suspend the financial aid.

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* Additional reporting by Reuters and Agence France-Presse

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