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UN to resume aid distribution in Gaza

The United Nations will resume aid distribution for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip after receiving security assurances from Israel.

world Updated: Jan 10, 2009 11:23 IST

The United Nations will resume aid distribution for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip after receiving security assurances from Israel, the world body said in a statement late on Friday.

The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) said in a joint statement that the United Nations had received "credible assurances that the security of UN personnel, installations and humanitarian operations would be fully respected."

"On this basis, UN staff movements suspended yesterday will resume as soon as possible," the two organizations said.

The UNRWA suspended operations in the enclave on Thursday after a UN convoy was hit by two Israeli tank shells.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) also restricted its Gaza operations after one of its vehicles was hit, apparently by Israeli fire.