A Palestinian shepherd leads his flock of sheep past an apartment complex that was heavily damaged in fighting between Israel and Hamas, Gaza August 13, 2014. (AFP Photo/Roberto Schmidt)
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The conflict in Gaza has caused serious damage to crops, herds and fishing as well as greenhouses and irrigation systems, bringing food production to a halt and sending prices sharply higher, the United Nations food body said Thursday.According to FAO, some 19,000 people in Gaza rely on farming for their livelihoods, with a further 6,000 living from livestock raising and another 3,600 dependent on fishing.Israel and Hamas militants, who control Gaza, extended a three-day truce Wednesday by a further five days to give Egyptian mediators more time to try to secure a peace deal.It pulled its troops out of Gaza last week, but efforts to agree to a permanent cease-fire have so far failed.
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