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UN calls for reopening of Gaza crossings


Source: | 01-23-2009 13:58

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The United Nations has called for Gaza border crossings to be opened for more than just humanitarian aid, and eventually for normal economic transport.

At a press briefing at the EU headquarters in Brussels, the UN Relief and Works Agency insisted Israel's assurance of allowing humanitarian aid to enter Gaza is not enough.

European Union nations won assurances Wednesday that Israel would do its utmost to allow humanitarian aid into the war-torn Gaza Strip but no guarantees that border crossings would be opened.(AFP/File/Said Khatib)
European Union nations won assurances Wednesday that 
Israel would do its utmost to allow humanitarian aid 
into the war-torn Gaza Strip but no guarantees that 
border crossings would be opened.(AFP/File/Said Khatib)

Filippo Grandi, Dep. Commissioner-General, UN relief and works agency, said, "One has to understand that this city of 1.5 million people cannot simply live on humanitarian assistance. It's the entire regime of crossings that has to be put back in place again in a predictable, stable manner."


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