UN calls on Israel occupation to allow supplying Gaza with fuel, aid
UN calls on Israel occupation to allow supplying Gaza with fuel, aid
Saturday, November 15,2008 10:15

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has called on the Israeli occupation authority to allow supplying the Gaza Strip with fuel and humanitarian aid especially after the electricity blackout and the closure of many bakeries.

The UN top official refused the IOA policy of "collective punishment" against the besieged Gaza Strip, asking the IOA to immediately allow the entry of badly needed supplies into the Strip.

In a statement issued in New York last night Ban Ki-Moon expressed concern at the worsening humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip and in the Negev, urging all parties to respect the international laws.

He also asked the Israeli officials to resume facilitating UNRWA and other humanitarian agencies" work and allowing freedom of movement for international employees.

UNRWA was forced to halt its distribution of food assistance to almost half the population of Gaza because its stores ran out of stock due to the closure of crossings.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, called on the UN and its secretary general to immediately intervene to unblock the siege on Gaza and to end the suffering of the Strip"s populace.

The UN should apply its charter and use force to break the siege instead of just appealing to all parties concerned to end the siege, he added.

"It is a shame on the world to watch idly the suffering of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip," Saleh said, describing the situation in Gaza as "tragic".

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