UN official says Israel doing all it can for Gaza

Sunday, June 24, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

In a rare commendation from one of the many UN agencies established specifically to deal with the “Palestinian issue,” John Ging, director of UNWRA (United Nation Relief and Works Agency) operations in Gaza, admitted that Israel is doing everything possible to prevent a humanitarian crisis in the Hamas-controlled coastal strip.

“The Israelis are very committed to stopping such a crisis from happening,” Ging told Israel's Ynet news portal on Saturday. “The problem is on the Palestinian side, or lack there of.”

Ging said he is coordinating with Israel on how to get supplies into Gaza via one of the several border crossing terminals without allowing Hamas to exploit the situation.

He recognized that “Israel, naturally, can't accept Hamas being there,” but stressed that some solution must be found to aid the people, who “really are just stuck in the middle.”

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