UN mission ‘collapsing’ in Gaza as boss predicts killings of his own staff

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UN mission ‘collapsing’ in Gaza as boss predicts killings of his own staff
Palestinians receive bags of flour at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) distribution center in the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip on November 21, 2023, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP) (Photo by SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images)
The UNRWA, which helps displaced Palestinians, is on the brink of collapse, its boss says (Picture: AFP)

The UN’s Palestine relief agency is now only ‘barely’ able to help civilians amid relentless Israeli shelling, its chief has warned.

More than 130 UNRWA staff have already died in Gaza and around 21,000 ‘lack food, water and adequate shelter’ after being forced from their homes, Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said on Friday.

In a desperate letter to UN leaders pleading for an ‘immediate’ ceasfire, he wrote: ‘We are hanging on by our fingertips.

‘If the UNRWA collapses, humanitarian assistance in Gaza will also collapse.’

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