Sunday, September 15, 2013

UK MPs call for end to Gaza blockade

A Palestinian man transports bags of cement through
tunnels used to transfer food, fuel, and building materials,
along the Gaza-Egypt border in Rafah in the
southern Gaza Strip on August 23, 2012.
UK MPs call for end to Gaza blockade
Sept 15, 2013 | Press TV

A group of six British parliamentarians have urged the Egyptian government to halt the destruction of tunnels connecting the besieged Gaza Strip and Egypt.

According to a press release on the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) website on Thursday, a number of MPs, including Sarah Teather, Jeremy Corbyn, Mark Durkan, Sir Bob Russell and Andy Slaughter, along with independent peer Baroness Jenny Tonge have written to the Egyptian ambassador in London in order to express concern over the ongoing destruction of tunnels along Egypt’s border with the Israeli-blockaded territories.

“By destroying the tunnels whilst closing the crossings, the Egyptian authorities are helping to make an already dire humanitarian disaster even worse,” said Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North.

The Egyptian military has increased the destruction of the tunnels on the Egyptian side of the border with the besieged enclave since July’s ouster of the former president, Mohammed Morsi.

Egypt’s destruction of the underground facilities, which serve as a lifeline for Gaza's population of more than 1.7 million, has caused a shortage of fuel and other goods.

The apartheid regime of Israel has imposed a blockade on Gaza since 2007. The siege has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the impoverished enclave, having turned the territory into the world’s largest open-air prison.

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