Palestinian fishermen return to the sea during a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza City August 11, 2014.REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
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The conflict in Gaza has caused major 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.Food prices have shot up for many items since the start of hostilities, with egg prices up 40 percent, potatoes up 42 percent and tomatoes up as much as 179 percent.Around 64,000 sheep and goats needed feed and water, while the fishing sector had lost 234.6 tons of potential catch in from Jul. 9-Aug. 10, around 9.3 percent of the annual catch.According to FAO, some 19,000 people in Gaza rely on farming for their livelihoods, with a further 6,000 living from livestock and another 3,600 dependent on fishing.
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