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Top UN aid official urges daily 'pauses' in Gaza
UN humanitarian chief calls for daily 'humanitarian pauses' in Israel-Hamas war to deliver aid
Associated Press
2014-07-31 11:42 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. humanitarian chief is calling for daily "humanitarian pauses" in Gaza until a long-term cease-fire is reached between Israel and Hamas to deliver relief to hundreds of thousands in need, rescue the injured and give civilians a reprieve from war.

Valerie Amos told the Security Council by videoconference that the world has watched "in horror the desperation of children and civilians that have come under attack" in Gaza. She said over 80 percent of the more than 1,300 Palestinians killed are civilians, including 251 children.

Pierre Krahenbuhl, head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, told the council by phone from Gaza City that conditions are dire and UNRWA is overwhelmed with more than 220,000 people who have sought refuge at U.N. facilities.

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