Isolated Gaza Goes Hungry
Food is hard to come by for Palestinians in Hamas-controlled region
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Jun 29, 2007 3:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Fuel shortages have become familiar, and now food staples like flour and sugar are increasingly hard to come by in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Aid agencies are doing their best to forestall an impending humanitarian crisis, the Globe and Mail reports, but with the main commercial crossing from Israel closed indefinitely, they are having trouble keeping up.

A trickle of supplies enters through two smaller crossings, but it's not enough to feed 1.1 million refugees who rely on handouts to survive. The quality of life in Gaza has deteriorated since the West cut off aid after Hamas came to power in 2006; today, wood fires often stand in for cooking gas, and donkey carts are replacing vehicles.