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UN to Stop Food Distribution in Gaza Monday Due to Fuel Shortage

The United Nations says it will stop distributing food to Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip on Monday, because its vehicles have run out of fuel.

Gaza has been suffering fuel shortages because of Israeli cutbacks in fuel supplies to the territory and a strike by Palestinian fuel distributors.

Israeli authorities closed a border terminal that supplies fuel to Gaza Sunday after it came under mortar attack from Palestinian militants.

The U.N. Relief and Works Agency suspended food distribution to Gaza refugees for four days last month due to the lack of fuel. It resumed the aid operation last Tuesday.

Israeli authorities have reduced fuel supplies to Gaza to pressure Palestinian militants to stop rocket attacks on southern Israel. Gaza fuel distributors went on strike to protest the cutbacks.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.