U.N. Official Condemns Gaza Blockade – NYTimes.com

The senior United Nations official for humanitarian relief took a tour of Gaza on Tuesday, a year after Israel’s war here, and declared keen concern for what he called the collective punishment of 1.5 million Palestinians due to the blockade enforced by Israel and Egypt.“What we are seeing here for the people of Gaza is an existence, not a life,” the official, John Holmes, the undersecretary general for Humanitarian Affairs, told reporters. He spoke about “the continuing and growing pernicious and negative consequences of this blockade,” saying it was “not just the absence of reconstruction and development” following the war, “but also a situation of development going backwards.”

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