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Grim spectre of hunger haunts Gaza civilians

Latest update : 2009-01-05

As the Israeli assault enters its sixth day, Gazans are finding it increasingly difficult to find food supplies. FRANCE 24's Radjaa Abou Dagga reports from the Gaza Strip despite Israel's decision to ban journalists from entering the territory.

After spending a morning standing in a food line in the Jabaliya refugee camp, Abou Wissam was incensed when he had nothing to show for his time in the line.

“I’ve been waiting for eight hours, since 7 am, for a bag of flour,” said the Palestinian father of eight children.

Like most of the residents of this camp, Wissam relies mostly on UN food handouts. And like many of them, he wonders where his family's next meal will come from.

Since the beginning on Saturday of the Israeli attacks on Gaza, the humanitarian situation in the tiny Palestinian enclave has deteriorated.

In the Gaza Strip, the lack of food bought on by the airstrikes has made a difficult situation much more desperate.

Standing in the food line, the residents of the Jabaliya camp nervously eye Israeli drones flying up above, which often signal a new bombing raid.

Nonetheless, huge queues form in front of Gaza’s bakeries. Hamas fighters supervise nervous civilians.

Wissam’s wife Ahiane fears that the mosques around her house will attract Israeli bombs.

“We are all afraid,” she said.

Date created : 2009-01-01