Palestinian Abbas meets British PM Brown

Brown's appeal came days after the European Union complained Israel was halting the entry of needed goods.

Palestinian Abbas meets British PM Brown
Britain urged Israel on Thursday to give full access for humanitarian supplies into the Gaza Strip, destroyed by a 22-day Israeli offensive.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he had written to his Israeli counterpart Ehud Olmert this week "to urge him to allow full humanitarian access to those seeking to get food and medicines to those who need it."

"I believe that this is as strongly in Israel's interest as it is in the interest of all of us who have been so shocked by the violence and loss of life," Brown told a joint news conference with visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Brown's appeal came days after the European Union complained Israel was halting the entry of needed goods.

Abbas urged the world to keep sending humanitarian aid. He said $15 billion would be needed to rebuild Gaza.

Israel killed more than 1,300 Palestinians, a third of them children in the 22-day military aggression on Gaza and wounded 5,300 Palestinians, and Gaza infrastructure suffered massive damage.


Reuters
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