Israel on Tuesday denied a European Parliament (EP) delegation access to the blockaded Gaza Strip. The Israeli authorities have once again refused the EP’s Delegation for Relations with Palestine permission to enter the Gaza Strip.
The delegation, had requested permission to enter the largest open air prison concentration camp in the world as part of a three-day planned mission to the Palestinian territories.
Stating that the purpose of the visit was “to monitor the humanitarian situation caused by a decade of blockade“, the statement asserted that Israel had barred successive EP delegations from entering Gaza since 2011.
As a result of the Israeli blockade and successive organized conflicts, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip had “insufficient access to basic needs, such as potable drinking water, food, housing, schools and health care”.
Asserting that Israel had tried to prevent the delegation from seeing Gaza’s dire humanitarian situation, it was clear that the self-proclaimed Jewish state was “ashamed and afraid” to allow the delegation into the besieged coastal enclave.
Israel first imposed the blockade in 2006 after resistance group Hamas swept Palestinian legislative elections. The siege was tightened the following year after Hamas seized the strip from rival Palestinian faction Fatah.
The blockade has gutted Gaza’s economy and deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of many basic commodities.
Sott.net / ABC Flash Point Humanitarian News 2018.