WHO to Israel: lift Gaza blockade

26th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

The World Health Organisation in Geneva calls on Israel to end an aid and fuel blockade of the Gaza Strip.

GENEVA - The World Health Organisation on Friday called on Israel to immediately lift an aid and fuel blockade of the Gaza Strip saying it was causing a "serious shortage of medicines and medical supplies."

The WHO's annual World Health Assembly taking place in Geneva last week passed a resolution demanding that Israel "facilitate the transit and entry of medicine and medical equipment to the occupied Palestinian territory."

And it said it wanted Israel to reverse policies that had "led to the prevailing dire health conditions and severe food and fuel shortages in the Gaza Strip."

Earlier in May, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Israel to end the blockade on aid and fuel to the 1.5 million inhabitants of the impoverished Gaza Strip.

Life in the enclave, he said, remains "extremely difficult" after the end of an Israeli offensive in January targeted at Gaza's rulers, the Islamic movement Hamas.

AFP / Expatica

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