EU Concerned by Israeli Restriction on its Activities in West Bank

BRUSSELS, July 27, 2013 (WAFA) – The European Union Friday expressed concern by reports that Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon has ordered restriction on its activities in the West Bank and is going to prevent its members from entering Gaza through Israel.

Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, said from Brussels that EU delegations in the area were seeking clarifications regarding these reports from the Israeli government.

Yaalon, whose ministry runs the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, apparently decided to restrict EU humanitarian activities and work in the occupied territories in retaliation for EU embargo on products made in the illegal West Bank and East Jerusalem Israeli settlements as well as individuals working with the settlements.

“The EU is concerned by reports in the Israeli media that the Israeli Minister of Defense has announced a number of restrictions affecting EU activities supporting the Palestinian people,” said Kocijancic.

“We have not received any official communication from the Israeli authorities. Our delegations on the spot are seeking urgent clarifications,” she added.

source : WAFA NEWS