WFP distributes food to GazaListen /
The World Food Programme (WFP) has begun food distribution to over 30,000 people in Gaza to prevent the conflict from deepening hunger in the already food-insecure region.
The agency says it will provide emergency rations to some 350 families whose homes were destroyed during recent attacks. They will receive bread, as well as canned food for an initial period of 10 days.
WFP says it has enough stocks in its Gaza warehouses to cover the food needs of 285,000 people, about 60 percent of the non-refugee population, for one month.
Home to nearly 1.7 million people, the Gaza Strip is a small but densely populated area, which has been under a blockade since 2006.
The World Food Programme says a faltering economy and rampant poverty have made it increasingly difficult for local residents to buy nutritious food.
Charles Appel, United Nations.