- More than 135 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, drawing international criticism of Israel
- Since 10 years, Israel and Egypt have kept up a blockade on Gaza trying to debilitate Hamas
BY: Middle East Affairs
JERUSALEM: On Tuesday, the UN condemned Israeli’s closure of its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip, cautioning that the measure could have negative outcomes.
In an announcement, UN Special Coordinator Nickolay Mladenov encouraged Israel to invert its decision.
On Monday, Israel said it was shutting the Kerem Shalom crossing to everything with the exception of basic philanthropic supplies in light of the flammable kites and balloons that have been flown from Gaza into Israel in the course of the most recent couple of months. Israel and Egypt have kept up a bar on Gaza for over 10 years trying to debilitate Hamas. The blockade has caused boundless monetary hardship.
Nickolay Mladenov said he was “worried about the consequences” of Israel’s latest closure.
He added: “Humanitarian help is definitely not a substitute for business and exchange.” He likewise encouraged Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers to “do their part by maintaining calm, stopping incendiary kites and preventing other provocations.”
Since late March, the flaming kites, which have torched wide swaths of Israeli farmland, have come in the midst of close week after week demonstrations led by Hamas along the volatile frontier.
The demonstrations have been fueled in large part by widespread despair caused by the blockade, which has resulted in chronic electricity outages and unemployment approaching 50 percent.
More than 135 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, drawing international criticism of Israel. Israel says demonstrators have tried to infiltrate into Israel to attack soldiers or civilians. It says it is defending a sovereign border and accuses Hamas of using the crowds as human shields.
On Tuesday, the military said it stopped a Palestinian boat that attempted to break the naval blockade, which limits Palestinians from sailing beyond six nautical miles off the Gazan coast.
In the previous two months, it was the second attempt made in order to breach the blockade. The boat carried 10 people, seven of whom were medical patients. The military said it assigned medicinal staff to treat the patients who were ready.
Israel military defended its naval blockade, calling it “a vital and lawful security measure” in order to secure its citizens “in the face of terror and sneaking weapons.”