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Israeli blockade has left people of Gaza without food

14 November, 2008 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Justice and Human Rights Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has this evening described the continuing blocking of Gaza's borders by the Israeli military which has left the city without food for the weekend as "deeply inhumane."

Deputy Ó Snodaigh returned late this week from a trip to Gaza a group of European Parliamentarians. During his visit Deputy Ó Snodaigh spoke out against Israel's decision to refuse fuel travel into Gaza, fuel paid for by the EU.

The Dublin TD said:

"The only power plant in Gaza City has been working at just a third of its capacity since it was bombed by Israel two years ago but now due to fuel shortages as a result of the Israeli blockade of the city, the power plant has had to cut off power to half of the city. Israel continues to block fuel from entering the city even though it is paid for by the EU. That member states leaders are not intervening is inexplicable.

"Now there are reports coming out of the city that UN food aid that was due in yesterday and which 80% of the city's population rely on cannot get through as Israel has refused to open the border crossing. If the food is not allowed through the people of Gaza will have nothing to eat. It is that simple.

"The escalation of the humanitarian crisis caused by Israel's blockade is reaching a new level of crisis. The need to suspend the Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement, which underpins preferential trade with Israel and is subject to Israel's compliance with human rights, could not be clearer.

"The blockade of Gaza is an appalling violation of human rights and international pressure must be brought to bear on Israel to bring about its end.

"As an immediate measure EU and International political leaders need to impress upon Israel that they must immediately open up all of its border crossings and allow UN food and medical aid into the city." ENDS

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