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U.N. panel demands aid flow to Gaza as population goes hungry

At least 576,600 people or 1-in-4 households in Gaza are out of food and face extreme hunger as the risk of famine spreads.

A school in Gaza crowded with displaced families.
A school in Gaza crowded with displaced families. (AN/WFP/Arete/Abood al Sayd)

UNITED NATIONS (AN) — The world body's most powerful arm, with U.S. consent, sent a message to Israel and Hamas that they must take "urgent steps" to immediately allow humanitarian aid to flow into Gaza.

After a week of negotiating the 15-nation U.N. Security Council approved the watered-down resolution on Friday – it omitted an earlier demand for "an urgent suspension of hostilities" between Israel and Hamas – in a 13-0 vote. The United States and Russia, two of the council's five permanent members with veto power, abstained.

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