Monday, 8 April 2013

UNRWA to resume food aid in Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- UNRWA will resume distributing food aid to refugees in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees said.

The UN agency stopped food deliveries after dozens of protesters forced their way into its Gaza field office last Thursday, demanding reinstatement of a monthly cash allowance to poor families which was halted from April 1 due to budget cuts.

UNRWA decided to reopen its food distribution centers after several local bodies reassured UN officials that employees would be safe, the agency said in a statement Monday.

"UNRWA respects the right to protest peacefully, but employees must be secure and safe," the statement said.

Earlier Monday, hundreds of protesters rallied outside UNRWA's office in Gaza City on Monday, protesting the suspension of aid.

Protesters held banners that read "We want bread, we don't want games," and chanted "O Muslims and Arabs, see the downtrodden," according to witnesses. more

Israel closes Gaza border after rocket fire

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel sealed its border with the Gaza Strip on Monday after militants fired a rocket into the Negev desert on Sunday evening.

Israel closed the Kerem Shalom goods crossing because of rocket fire, Palestinian border official Raed Fattouh told Ma'an. into the Negev desert on Sunday evening.

A Ma'an reporter said the Erez passenger terminal was also closed Monday. into the Negev desert on Sunday evening.

A rocket fired from Gaza crashed into southern Israel on Sunday, without causing casualties or damage, police said. into the Negev desert on Sunday evening.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP the rocket landed in an uninhabited sector of the Negev desert. into the Negev desert on Sunday evening.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon warned on Wednesday that his country would respond to any attacks on its territory and not allow its people to come under fire. into the Negev desert on Sunday evening.

Rights groups have criticized Israeli restrictions on civilian travel and goods transfer in response to rocket fire as collective punishment. moreinto the Negev desert on Sunday evening.