UAE calls for lifting of Gaza blockade

THE UAE calls on the international community to compel Israel to lift its blockade of the Gaza strip.

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The UAE called on the international community to "compel" Israel to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip yesterday.

The UAE's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ahmed Abdul Rahman al Jarman, addressed the UN General Assembly and pledged further support to those trapped inside the region.

"The Humanitarian conditions in the occupied Palestinian Territories, especially in the Gaza Strip, continue to deteriorate because of the siege imposed on the Strip by the Israeli occupying forces for the last three years," the state news agency WAM quoted him as saying.

"We demand the international community compel Israel, the occupying power, to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip, open all the passages immediately to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the people, end its occupation of the Arab lands and resume the peace negotiations according to relevant international resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative."

The UAE is one of the major contributors to humanitarian projects in the Palestinian Territories as well as the direct budget of the Palestinian Authority. This contribution amounted to US$262.7 million in 2009.