WHO Urges Israel To Lift Gaza Strip Blockade

by VR Sreeraman on  May 23, 2009 at 2:34 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
The World Health Organisation on Friday called on Israel to immediately lift an aid and fuel blockade of the Gaza Strip saying it was causing a "serious shortage of medicines and medical supplies."
 WHO Urges Israel To Lift Gaza Strip Blockade
WHO Urges Israel To Lift Gaza Strip Blockade

The WHO's annual World Health Assembly taking place in Geneva this week passed a resolution demanding that Israel "facilitate the transit and entry of medicine and medical equipment to the occupied Palestinian territory."

And it said it wanted Israel to reverse policies that had "led to the prevailing dire health conditions and severe food and fuel shortages in the Gaza Strip."

Earlier this month, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Israel to end the blockade on aid and fuel to the 1.5 million inhabitants of the impoverished Gaza Strip.

Life in the enclave, he said, remains "extremely difficult" three months after the end of an Israeli offensive targeted at Gaza's rulers, Islamic movement Hamas.

Source: AFP

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