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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Natasha Elkington, "IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Aid workers assess Gaza crisis," AlertNet, January 19, 2009.

As Israeli forces withdrew from the Gaza Strip on Monday, aid workers on the ground began assessing the scale of the humanitarian crisis following Israel's 22-day assault on Hamas militants. Here are their impressions, as told to AlertNet in telephone interviews.

  Last week, we were actually distributing fresh vegetables which we get from farmers there, but the problem was the farmers' fields were being bombed or they were being swamped with sewage.
Melanie Brooks,
CARE International

'Everything destroyed'

It's a catastrophe. They destroyed everything. Even our ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) hospital and buildings were damaged, and a lot of medical supplies destroyed. A huge number of families are without shelter. The U.N. is making shelters in schools. The Israeli helicopters also attacked a shelter for the homeless.

Khalid Jodi, head of the Palestinian Red Crescent

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