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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Egypt, Israel blasted for Gaza closure

Mon, 02 Feb 2009 10:21:45 GMT | PressTV

John Ging, Gaza Strip director of operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA)
UN Relief and Works Agency operations Chief John Ging says the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip has caused an 'unbelievable' damage to the strip.

According to Palestinian sources, John Ging said on Sunday that tens of thousands of Gazans have been homeless and now they are living under tents due to the three-week Israeli incursion into the blockaded region.

Referring to the major damage to the houses and health centers, the UNRWA operations chief said, nearly one million people of 1.5 million Gaza's population depend on international aides while UNRWA is facing lots of problems due to the closed crossings of strip.

John Ging also condemned Israel and Egypt for closing the crossings into the Gaza Strip, calling on Cairo and Tel Aviv to ease the siege so that the organization can deliver 'thousands of tons of aid' to Gaza residents.

Working closely with the Israeli regime in its 18-month blockade on the already impoverished region, Cairo has refused to open the Rafah border-crossing even during the 23-day Israeli offensive in which Gazans were in dire need of food, fuel and particularly medicine.

Ging earlier said that "Shamefully, there are thousands of tons of aid waiting on the borders of Gaza that need to be connected right now with the people here."

"The donors have been very generous, the operation in getting it from all over the world to this part of the world has been a success and very quick, but now we have the bottleneck, and of course it has to be that the government of Israel in the first instance has to find operational solutions to get the crossing points open."

Referring to the Israeli strikes on the UN schools, Ging said that the Israeli strikes on the UN schools in the Gaza strip during the war were unacceptable as no fighters were in the school when the attack occurred.

Israeli strikes on three UN-run schools in the Gaza Strip killed at least 48 civilians and wounded 100 others during the war. One of the Strikes took place as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was in Israel.

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