Israel alone blamed for Gaza crisis

Monday, January 28, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

The Arab League issued a statement at the conclusion of its meeting in Cairo on Monday blaming Israel alone for current situation in the Gaza Strip.

Israel has for weeks imposed an embargo on the entry of non-essential goods to the Hamas-controlled territory, as well as on the export of goods produced in Gaza. Protesting what they call the "siege" of Gaza, Palestinian militants last week destroyed much of the security wall separating Gaza from the Sinai Peninsula, allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to pour into neighboring Egypt.

The border breach brought the situation in Gaza to the forefront of international affairs.

However, like a resolution currently being hammered out by the UN Security Council, the Arab League statement failed to make any mention of the ongoing Palestinian rocket attacks from Gaza that prompted Israel to impose the lockdown.

In his meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert reportedly insisted that the residents of Gaza will not be allowed to live a normal life so long as the residents of southern Israel are not afforded the same right.

Israeli officials stressed that the embargo is not preventing the entry of food and medical aid to Gaza.

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