Humanitarian needs in Gaza and West Bank widespread and acute

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An UNRWA staff member distributing food aid to refugees in Gaza.

An emergency appeal worth over US $300 million has been launched to help Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA.

Three years after the end of the Gaza war, the humanitarian needs are widespread and acute, says UNRWA.

And despite an easing of access, Gaza remains under a blockade.

A quarter of the appeal is for the West Bank, while the rest is for Gaza, says Chris Gunness of UNRWA.

“75% percent of UNRWA's emergency appeal is for Gaza and we hope also that the eyes and ears of the world will be on Gaza. Things have not improved significantly for many people. Yes, there is more construction, yes there are more jobs but the fact is that the poorest of the poor desperately rely on UNRWA in Gaza."

The appeal focuses on three priorities – food security, protection and increasing the agency's emergency response capability.

UNWRA says the blockade is increasing poverty and aid dependency.

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