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UN Appeals for $10M in Emergency Food Aid for Gaza

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Palestinian children receive bags of bread from United Nations workers at a U.N.-run school in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip July 19, 2014.

The United Nations' World Food Program is appealing for $10 million in emergency aid to help Palestinian civilians facing food shortages in Gaza.

WFP officials say 115,000 people are in urgent need of food assistance with ready-to-eat meals starting to run out.

There are also shortages of fresh drinking water and electricity.

The WFP says it is airlifting food from Dubai and is also electronically distributing vouchers to civilians to buy food from shops that still have supplies.

The World Food Program says it needs $30 million for the rest of the year for both emergency relief and for continuing its regular operations in Gaza and the West Bank.