UN calls for lifting 14-year-old Israel siege on Gaza

Jan 22,2020

More than two million Palestinians in Gaza Strip have been under a strict Israeli siege, which has been in place since 2006.

United Nations on Monday called on Israel to lift its crippling siege imposed on Gaza Strip, adding support for Palestinians must continue until political solution is reached for the crisis.

In a press conference held in the UN headquarters, spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, said that the call for lifting the siege was made by Ursula Mueller, the UN assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs.

Mueller made her call after completing a six-day visit to the Palestinian territories and Israel.

Dujarric reported Mueller saying that the international community “must” continue offering “regular” and “sustainable” assistance to the Palestinians until an “applicable” political solution is reached.

He also said that Mueller had renewed the UN commitment to deal with the humanitarian needs in all the occupied Palestinian territories and called for long-term solutions, including lifting the Israeli siege imposed on Gaza.

More than two million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been under a strict Israeli siege, which has been in place since 2006.

The UN has previously warned that the Gaza Strip would become “uninhabitable” by 2020 as a result of Israel’s stifling measures.

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