Britain regrets 'deteriorating' living conditions in Gaza

Britain's minister to the Middle-East, Hugh Robertson, has expressed his 'regret' over the situation in Gaza.

Britain regrets 'deteriorating' living conditions in Gaza

World Bulletin / News Desk

British Minister for the Middle East Hugh Robertson regretted on Thursday the deteriorating situation suffered by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

"It is profoundly disappointing that the living conditions for the 1.7 million civilians inside Gaza have, if anything, deteriorated," Robertson said in a press statement issued by the British Consulate in Jerusalem.

"Severe restrictions on the import and export of goods and passenger traffic are triggering yet higher levels of unemployment and poverty. Gaza is without power for 16 hours a day," he asserted.

The British officials urged Egyptian authorities "to ensure that the efforts to shut down smuggling tunnels are accompanied by equally determined efforts to open up legal trade and movement for the people of Gaza."

"The needs and rights of ordinary Palestinians in Gaza must be protected as must the legitimate security concerns of Israel and Egypt."

Egypt on Wednesday reopened the Rafah border crossing linking the Gaza Strip to the Sinai Peninsula for two days following a six-day closure.

For three days last week, Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing, which – thanks to a seven-year Israeli embargo – represents Gaza's only means of accessing the outside world.

Since the army's July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi, Egyptian authorities have tightened their grip on Egypt's border with the Hamas-run enclave.

The Egyptian army, meanwhile, has launched a wide-range campaign to destroy the network of underground tunnels linking Gaza to Egypt, which in recent years have been used to smuggle desperately-needed goods into the embattled Palestinian territory.

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JohnWV - 5 yıl Before

Israel is creator and perpetrator of the Gaza horror. Only the destruction of the racist Jewish state will curtail its quest to impose holocaust level horror on all goyim. Besieged Palestinian Gaza is but one of the Jewish state's experiments in provocation. Stuff a million and a half people into a tiny space, stifle their access to water, electricity, food and medical treatment, destroy their livelihoods, humiliate them regularly...and, surprise, surprise - they turn hostile. Now why would you want to do that experiment? Because the hostility you provoke is the whole point. Now under attack you can cast yourself as the victim, and call out the helicopter gunships and the F16 attack fighters and the heavy tanks and the guided missiles, and destroy yet more of the pathetic remains of infrastructure that the Palestinian state still has left. And then you can point to it as a hopeless case, unfit to govern itself, a terrorist state, a state with which you couldn't possibly reach