UN stops delivery of food and supplies to Gaza as communications blackout hinders aid coordination

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — The United Nations was forced to stop deliveries of food and other necessities to Gaza on Friday and warned of the growing possibility of widespread starvation after internet and telephone services collapsed in the besieged enclave because of a lack of fuel.

The communications blackout, now in its second day, largely cuts off Gaza’s 2.3 million people from one another and the outside world — and paralyzes the coordination of aid, which humanitarian groups were already struggling to deliver because of the fuel shortage.


2.3 million people in Gaza are cut off from each other and the rest of the world. There is a desperate need for humanitarian aid. As war rages in the coastal enclave, the situation is dire.

  • Palestinian families are digging by hand to retrieve bodies buried in Gaza rubble
  • Families of hostages held by Hamas fear their loved ones will be an afterthought
  • Protesters demanding a cease-fire blocked bridges on both sides of the US
  • Which are the groups leading protests in the US against Israel’s actions?

Follow more AP coverage of the war here.

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