hunger

1.5 million people trapped in the open-air prison that is gaza. 750,000 palestinian refugees living there dependent on unrwa food aid will likely have no food tomorrow.

Israel plans to allow a small delivery of fuel into the Gaza Strip on Thursday on the orders of Defense Minister Ehud Barak, ending a week of total closure of the territory.

The fuel is needed to keep the Gaza Strip’s only power plant running. Hundreds of thousands of Gazans went without electricity earlier this week when Israel blocked shipments of European-supplied fuel.

On Friday, Israel plans to allow 30 truckloads of food, medical supplies, and other goods in order to allow aid organizations, including the United Nations, continue to assist Palestinians.

The UN has said that if more food does not arrive by Friday, it will be forced to suspend food aid to more than 700,000 Palestinians.

Meanwhile Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai blamed Hamas for the breakdown of the five-month-old truce as violence flared between the Israeli military and Palestinian armed groups.

Vilnai said in an interview on the Israeli radio on Thursday morning that the Israeli government will exert “all efforts” to protect residential communities near the Gaza Strip.

this is what is known as collective punishment–a violation of international law. slow starvation. or alternately, holocaust as this is what vilnai promised the people of gaza last year. perhaps his cold, calculated plans prefer to torment and torture palestinians by this constant cycle of despair and a bit of relief only to be pushed to the brink of despair yet again.

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