UN Expresses Concern over Worsening Situation in Gaza

JERUSALEM, April 11, 2013 (WAFA) –  The United Nations expressed concern regarding the impact of new heightened restrictions on the movement of civilian and goods in the Gaza Strip, said a statement on Wednesday.

United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator, James Rawley, expressed serious concern regarding the impact of these restrictions  on life in Gaza.

‘These measures are resulting in the depletion of stocks of essential  supplies, including basic foodstuffs and  cooking gas, and undermine the livelihoods and rights of many vulnerable families in Gaza”, said Rawley.

“If these restrictions continue, the effect upon the Gaza population will be serious’, he said. Since 26 February 2013, Israel has imposed new restrictions on the movement of people and goods to, from and within the Gaza Strip.

These restrictions have also included a reduction in the fishing limit from six to three nautical miles; approximately 3500 families in Gaza rely on the fishing industry as their main source of income.The statement said that the UN expects Israel to exercise maximum restraint and uphold international law, refraining  from  actions  that would be punitive in nature or otherwise  adversely  impact  the  civilian population in Gaza.

Source: WAFA News