Palestinian official proposes running Gaza harbor under European monitors
A Palestinian official proposed on Saturday a plan to function Gaza's only sea harbor under European monitoring mission to break the blockade imposed on the seaside territory, Xinhua reported.
"The plan is to create a nautical route between Gaza and Greece with European monitors as third party," Jamal Al-Khoudary, a Gaza- based independent legislator and head of the Popular Committee Against Siege, told a press conference in Gaza.
He suggested that the governments of Greece and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) create an agreement to specialize a seaport in Greece where goods and aid supplies would be stored and then be shipped to Gaza's idle dock.
Israel imposed a tight sea and land siege on the Gaza Strip after Islamic Hamas movement violently seized the coastal enclave in 2007.
The United States and the west view Hamas as a terror organization for adopting violence and renouncing signed peace accords between Israel and the PNA.
Al-Khoudary said the European third party would be similar to the European mission that used to oversee the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza from 2005 till Hamas takeover in 2007.
"European observers can also join the trips from Greek to Gaza to ensure that the ships are not loaded with forbidden goods or weapons," he said.
Israeli forces killed last month nine activists onboard an aid flotilla bound for Gaza. The attack drew international condemnations across the world as well as calls to lift the cordon Israel forces on the strip.