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Nickolay Mladenov

UN criticizes Israeli closure of Gaza border crossing

Tue, July 10, 2018 17:34

JERUSALEM, July 10, 2018 (News Wires) - United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, on Tuesday called on Israel to reverse a decision imposing economic sanction on the Gaza Strip through partial closure of its only commercial crossing.

"I am concerned by the consequences of Israel's decision to temporarily suspend imports and exports with the exception of basic humanitarian supplies through the Kerem Shalom (Karm Abu Salem) crossing,” said Mladenov in a statement.

“Humanitarian assistance is no substitute for commerce and trade. I urge the authorities to reverse this decision.”

Israel said it imposed the sanctions to punish Hamas, which is in control of Gaza, for the incendiary kites flown into Israel and which cause fire in border areas.

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