UN warns of serious effects of Israeli sanctions on people of Gaza

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A Palestinian boy sits next to bags of flour at a United Nations food aid distribution center in Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. (File photo)

PressTV | Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:47PM GMT

Gaza has been blockaded by Israel since June 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.

A UN humanitarian official says a new round of Israeli sanctions on the besieged Gaza Strip is impacting food supplies and would have “serious” effects if continued.

“Israel has announced a series of heightened restrictions on the movement of people and goods to and from the Gaza Strip, including closures of the Kerem Shalom crossing,” AFP quoted UN Humanitarian Coordinator James W Rawley as saying in a statement on Wednesday.

“These measures are resulting in the depletion of stocks of essential supplies, including basic foodstuffs and cooking gas, and undermine the livelihoods and rights of many vulnerable Gazan families,” he said.

“If these restrictions continue, the effect upon the Gaza population will be serious,” Rawley warned.

The Israeli regime closed Kerem Shalom, the only goods crossing from Israel into the Gaza Strip on Monday.

Gaza has been blockaded by Israel since June 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.

The apartheid regime of Israel denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.

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