Gaza “at point of exhaustion” as UN launches US$ 571m appeal

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Robert Piper, the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities in the occupied Palestinian Territory. Photo: UN Photo/Loey Felipe

A total of US$571 million is needed to help the most vulnerable people in the Occupied Palestinian Territories this year.

That's the sum announced on Wednesday by the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinating Agency, OCHA, at the launch of its 2016 appeal in Ramallah.

Daniel Johnson reports.

This year's Humanitarian Response Plan aims to provide vital assistance to 1.6 million people, who are classified as moderately or severely food insecure.

Robert Piper, the UN Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, described many Palestinians as "highly vulnerable" after nearly 50 years of occupation by Israel.

And he said that the coping capacity of families was "at the point of exhaustion".

In total, more than four million people live in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, which covers Gaza and the West Bank.

Nearly 44 per cent of this number are refugees and nearly half are below 18 years of age.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva.

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