UN Asks Davos for $613M in Gaza Aid

Funds would provide immediate aid, more money needed for long-term
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Jan 29, 2009 9:24 AM CST

(Newser) – The UN asked attendees at the Davos economic forum for $613 million to address “massive and multi-faceted” needs resulting from recent violence in Gaza, the BBC reports. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon says the funds will provide medical care and clean water for 6-9 months. As fresh violence heightened the need for relief, the agency also asked Israel to lift its Gaza blockade.