UN food agency says more in Gaza rely on handouts

The number of people in the Gaza Strip relying on food handouts has increased since Hamas seized control there two weeks ago, the UN food agency said Tuesday. Some 275,000 Gazans were receiving aid from the World Food Program before the takeover, but that number has grown to at least 377,000, spokeswoman Christiane Berthiaume told The Associated Press. "This number has increased, and it is increasing daily because of the situation," she said. About 60 commercial trucks and 11 carrying food aid were passing through the Sufa cargo crossing on the Israel-Gaza border Tuesday, Berthiaume said.