GAZA - Almost a million people are expected to need food aid in the Gaza Strip next year, a UN agency said on Wednesday as it appealed for $95 million from donors.
About 813,000 Palestinian refugees currently receive food aid from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), but the organization expects a 10-20 percent rise in demand in 2014, said Robert Turner, its Gaza director of operations.
The main reason for the increase in the number of needy families was Egypt's closure in recent months of smuggling tunnels under its border into the enclave which has deprived thousands of people of jobs and halted construction projects, he said.
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