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Israel agrees to mitigate blockade regime of Gaza strip

Arab-Israel Relations Materials 9 June 2010 16:48
The Israeli government has agreed to admit a British plan to mitigate the blockade of the Gaza Strip, CNN Turk TV channel reported.
Israel agrees to mitigate blockade regime of Gaza strip

The Israeli government has agreed to admit a British plan to mitigate the blockade of the Gaza Strip, CNN Turk TV channel reported.

Negotiations for the removal of some restrictions from the Gaza and advancement of the population sector continued for several weeks, Turkish website reported referring to British Telegraph.

Mitigating of the regime would increase the importation of beverages, baked goods and spices to the enclave, whose population is in the blockade more than three years.

The brocade was introduced after the Palestinian Hamas movement that has been controlling the enclave since 2006, captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Israeli and British sources refused from recognizing the fact that Israel agreed to lift the blockade, as it faced with harsh criticism of the world community after the incident in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Israeli Navy's attacked on the "Flotilla of Freedom" carrying the humanitarian aid to Gaza May 31. The "Flotilla of Freedom" consisted of six vessels carrying about 600 human rights activists from European and Arab countries. They intended to bring 10,000 tons of humanitarian supplies, including medicines and construction materials, to the Gaza Strip. According to media, about 19 people died during an Israeli special operation. Israel confirmed that 10 people died.
However, Israel rejected the proposals to establish an international commission, which will be mandated to the UN to investigate attacks on civilian vessels by Israeli navy.

The Israeli government decided to conduct its own investigation.

Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren says that Israel has the opportunity and right to investigate itself, but not be subjected to international investigation

"I do not think that the U.S. would like to conduct an international investigation on its military actions in Afghanistan, for example," Israeli ambassador said.

International organizations, including the Middle East Quartet called on Israel to allow importing of prohibited goods, including construction materials to rebuild homes destroyed after 22-day-Israeli attacks on the enclave last winter, by reducing the number of goods imported earlier.

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