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Aid trucks loaded with supplies wait in Arish, Egypt, after a border crossing with Gaza was closed on May 8, 2024. Ali Moustafa/Getty Images

I’ve spent decades overseeing relief operations around the world, and here’s what’s going wrong in Gaza

A United Nations agency known as UNRWA is the main player in crisis response in Gaza – but Israel will no longer work with UNRWA, and border crossings are not consistent in getting aid through.
A UNRWA staff member registers a Palestinian family who fled their house in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ein el-Hilweh to an UNRWA school, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Sept. 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

Cutting UNRWA’s funding will have dire humanitarian consequences

Recent moves to cut UNRWA’s funding are not the first time the UN agency has come under threat.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is the main relief organisation operating in the West Bank and Gaza. Khaled Omar/Xinhua

Gaza conflict: what is UNRWA and why is Israel calling for its abolition?

Destroying the main relief agency in Gaza would be a catastrophe for its people, most of whom have been displaced by the conflict and are desperate for food, shelter and medical supplies.
A teddy bear is seen on the floor following an Israeli airstrike on the Nusseirat refugee camp in Gaza on Oct. 31, 2023. (AP Photo/Doaa AlBaz)

Gaza’s ‘graveyard’ for children: Why Palestinians must be included in the international refugee protection regime

Amid their enduring statelessness and the ongoing risk of ethnic cleansing, Palestinian refugees must be protected under the provisions of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Palestinians on the outskirts of Gaza City walk by buildings destroyed by Israeli bombardment on Oct. 20, 2023. AP Photo/Ali Mahmoud

Delivering aid during war is tricky − here’s what to know about what Gaza relief operations may face

The politics of delivering aid in war zones are messy, the ethics fraught and the logistics daunting. But getting everything right is essential − and in this instance could save many Gazans’ lives.
Palestinian children play outside an UNRWA school following Israeli airstrikes on Oct. 12, 2023. Ashraf Amra/Anadolu via Getty Images

Gaza depends on UN and other global aid groups for food, medicine and basic services – Israel-Hamas war means nothing is getting in

Many people in Gaza are reliant on the United Nations and other international aid groups to meet their basic needs, like food and medical care. A scholar of peace and conflict economics explains why.

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