Aid May Reach Gaza Only after Opening of Borders, Says UN Program Director
Azerbaijan, Baku, 1 December / Trend corr. U.Sadigova/ UN will be able to render full humanitarian aid to people in the Gaza Strip after Israel opens all borders. "Despite the demands of the UN Secretary General to stop the blockade of Gaza, Israel still holds all borders closed, hampering the delivery of full humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people," director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) John Ging said to Trend by telephone from Gaza. The blockade of the Gaza Strip, causing a humanitarian catastrophe, began in early November due to resumption of skirmishes between Hamas and the Israeli military.
Since the very beginning, UN has been assisting to Gaza population, but the vehicles loaded with humanitarian aid cannot cross the Gaza-Israel border, said Ging. "There is neither water nor food in Gaza. Seventy percent of the population is left without electricity, and the UN is powerless to solve these problems. We are negotiating with the Israeli Government, but no result has been gained so far," he said.
Today the Israeli Government refused to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip.
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