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UN agency halts Gaza food rations

JERUSALEM — The UN Relief and Works Agency has indefinitely suspended food distribution in the Gaza Strip after protesters angry about the curtailing of a cash-assistance program for the poor stormed the agency’s main compound in Gaza City on Thursday, an official said on Friday.

‘‘There will be no food tomorrow,’’ said Adnan Abu-Hasna, a spokesman for the agency, which provides nutrition, education, health, and other services to some 815,000 Palestinian refugees, about half of Gaza’s population. ‘‘The food-distribution centers and the relief offices will be closed in the coming days unless there’s real security being provided to the life of our staff, because there is a great concern about their safety.’’

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