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UN issues cry for help over Gaza crisis

Published on Aug 1, 2014 1:20 AM

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel's 24-day-old Gaza offensive has spawned a humanitarian crisis of monstrous proportions, prompting a home-grown pop star and the overstretched UN relief agency he represents to appeal for aid.

"There is pain in my heart from what is happening in my town and to my people in my beloved home, Gaza that is hurting," said Khan Yunis-born Mohammed Assaf, winner of the popular Arab Idol talent show, in a video distributed by the United Nations on Thursday.

"Now we all have to help my beloved people in Gaza, all those who suffer in Gaza, all those who suffer under the attacks," said Mr Assaf, who accompanied an airlift of humanitarian supplies from Dubai to Jordan, from where it continued to Gaza by road.

"We have to help Gaza stand up on its feet one more time," added Assaf, who is the goodwill ambassador of UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

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