Gaza Blockade May Be Eased As Anger Over Protester Killings Continues
June 16, 2010
Israel (ChattahBox) – The Israeli government will continue talks today with the country’s security council and Middle East envoy Tony Blair, about possibly easing the sanctions on aid moving into Gaza.
The international anger over the killing of Turkish protesters on a flotilla with 10,000 tonnes of aid is still extreme, and Israel has been struggling to mend political and social ties after the incident.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been in talks to lower the blockade to allow aid more easily through, while still keeping weapons out. Construction materials would still be heavily regulated, but higher amount would be authorized to assist in rebuilding.
“It will allow us to keep weapons and weapon materials out of Gaza, but on the other hand to help the Palestinian population there,” Blair was quoted as saying, adding that he fully expects the new system to go through.
The situation is Gaza is serious, with the siege causing widespread food shortages, horrible living conditions, and severe damage to local health care.
The impact on hospitals has been especially worrying, with too few supplies to aid staff in the treatment of even minor illnesses and injuries.