Palestinian relatives of four boys from the same extended Bakr family, grieve in the family house during their funeral in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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As I sit here in my office cum bedroom in Gaza City, listening to the airstrikes and rocket fire, there is talk of how to bring the violence to an end.This is to be eminently desired, particularly for the civilian population in Gaza who have suffered the brunt of this escalation. It is a return to over 50 percent of the population either unemployed or unpaid. It is a return to confinement to Gaza and no external access to markets, employment, or education – in short, no access to the outside world. UNRWA and the U.N. family, including WFP, UNICEF, OCHA and UNDP, remain engaged in meeting the humanitarian needs of the Gaza people.I think the people of Gaza would say that if this is the form of "calm" people have in mind, while preferable to the current violence, it cannot last.Robert Turner is the Gaza director of operations for UNRWA.
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