UN Agency in Gaza Says Urgent Cease Fire Is a Matter of Life and Death for Millions of Palestinians

From an AP story by Edith M. Lederer headlined “UN agency in Gaza says urgent cease fire is a matter of life and death for millions of Palestinians

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees told a U.N. emergency meeting Monday “an immediate humanitarian cease-fire has become a matter of life and death for millions,” accusing Israel of “collective punishment” of Palestinians and the forced displacement of civilians.

Philippe Lazzarini warned that a further breakdown of civil order after the agency’s warehouses were broken into by Palestinians searching for food and other aid “will make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the largest U.N. agency in Gaza to continue operating.”