The communications director of the United Nations Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA has called for border crossings with Gaza to be opened to allow humanitarian aid to reach Palestinians.
“Before the seventh of October, UNRWA used to bring in supplies from the Israeli crossings so right now what we’re calling for is to lift the siege. We are ready. We would like and we would urge all those who have influence on parties to the conflict to open up Gaza so that UNRWA is able to bring in much needed supplies,” Juliette Touma told CNN Monday.
She said 1 million people in Gaza had been forced to flee their homes with at least half of them sheltering in UN facilities and that the need for food and fuel was dire.
“We need fuel. We need wheat flour, we need other basic supplies. UNRWA has not been able to deliver anything in the past week plus, so we need to get in those supplies as soon as possible. Fuel especially so that the water can come back to people in the Gaza strip," she said.
On Monday, the director of Gaza’s water authority Munther Shublaq disputed that claim, telling CNN that water has not been supplied to the enclave.