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UN agency suspends aid program to Gaza residents displaced by war, citing lack of donor funds

  • Sufian Wadiya, 36, looks from a covered area for privacy with his son Adnan, 3, in a classroom at a U.N. school where he and his eleven family members live after their home was destroyed by Israeli strikes during last summer's Israel-Hamas war, in Gaza city, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The U.N. Relief and Works Agency said it suspended an aid program for Gaza residents displaced by the war because of a large shortfall in funds from donor countries. Robert Turner, head of the U.N. agency in Gaza, says that "virtually none" of the $5.4 billion pledged by the international community in aid to Gaza has reached Gaza and that this is "distressing and unacceptable." (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Sufian Wadiya, 36, looks from a covered area for privacy with his son Adnan, 3, in a classroom at a U.N. school where he and his eleven family members live after their home was destroyed by Israeli strikes during last summer's Israel-Hamas war, in Gaza city, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The U.N. Relief and Works Agency said it suspended an aid program for Gaza residents displaced by the war because of a large shortfall in funds from donor countries. Robert Turner, head of the U.N. agency in Gaza, says that "virtually none" of the $5.4 billion pledged by the international community in aid to Gaza has reached Gaza and that this is "distressing and unacceptable." (AP Photo/Adel Hana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sundos Wadiya, 8, sits amid her family's belongings in a classroom at a U.N. school where she and her eleven family members live after their home was destroyed by Israeli strikes during last summer's Israel-Hamas war, in Gaza city, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The U.N. Relief and Works Agency said it suspended an aid program for Gaza residents displaced by the war because of a large shortfall in funds from donor countries. Robert Turner, head of the U.N. agency in Gaza, says that "virtually none" of the $5.4 billion pledged by the international community in aid to Gaza has reached Gaza and that this is "distressing and unacceptable." (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Sundos Wadiya, 8, sits amid her family's belongings in a classroom at a U.N. school where she and her eleven family members live after their home was destroyed by Israeli strikes during last summer's Israel-Hamas war, in Gaza city, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The U.N. Relief and Works Agency said it suspended an aid program for Gaza residents displaced by the war because of a large shortfall in funds from donor countries. Robert Turner, head of the U.N. agency in Gaza, says that "virtually none" of the $5.4 billion pledged by the international community in aid to Gaza has reached Gaza and that this is "distressing and unacceptable." (AP Photo/Adel Hana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sundos Wadiya, 8, and her brother Adnan, 3, sit on a cot  in a classroom at a U.N. school where their eleven family members live after their home was destroyed by Israeli strikes during last summer's Israel-Hamas war, in Gaza city, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The U.N. Relief and Works Agency said it suspended an aid program for Gaza residents displaced by the war because of a large shortfall in funds from donor countries. Robert Turner, head of the U.N. agency in Gaza, says that "virtually none" of the $5.4 billion pledged by the international community in aid to Gaza has reached Gaza and that this is "distressing and unacceptable." (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Sundos Wadiya, 8, and her brother Adnan, 3, sit on a cot in a classroom at a U.N. school where their eleven family members live after their home was destroyed by Israeli strikes during last summer's Israel-Hamas war, in Gaza city, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The U.N. Relief and Works Agency said it suspended an aid program for Gaza residents displaced by the war because of a large shortfall in funds from donor countries. Robert Turner, head of the U.N. agency in Gaza, says that "virtually none" of the $5.4 billion pledged by the international community in aid to Gaza has reached Gaza and that this is "distressing and unacceptable." (AP Photo/Adel Hana)  (The Associated Press)

A United Nations agency says it suspended an aid program for Gaza residents displaced in last summer's Israel-Hamas war because of a large shortfall in funds from donor countries.

The U.N. Relief and Works Agency said Tuesday it helped 66,000 families repair homes or rent shelters, but that it has run out of money to help more.

The agency assists refugees and their descendants from the 1948 and 1967 Mideast wars — a majority of Gaza's 1.8 million people.

The international community pledged $5.4 billion in aid to Gaza following the 50-day war in which tens of thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed.

Robert Turner, head of the U.N. agency in Gaza, says that "virtually none" of that money has reached Gaza and that this is "distressing and unacceptable."