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Enough food waiting to enter Gaza to feed entire population: UN

"We have enough food across the borders, even from Jordan and Egypt, to be able to support 2.2 million people," said Samer Abdeljaber, the World Food Programme's (WFP) director for emergencies. 

"But we need to make sure we have the right access to Gaza from different crossings so that we can actually reach the people – whether they are in the north or the south or in the central areas," added Abdeljaber. 

He noted that the WFP hoped to specifically resume operations in the north of Gaza, where it has had to suspend work due to the unsafe conditions but where there are "lots of people in need".

"Safe routes is one of our requirements to continue assistance to the north and that can only be guaranteed if that is a speedy process," Abdeljaber said. "Delays at the checkpoints are making it impossible for us to reach deeper into the north."