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UN chief calls for lifting of Gaza blockade in face of humanitarian crisis

AFP , Wednesday 30 Aug 2017
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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (Photo:Reuters)
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UN chief Antonio Guterres called for the blockade of the Gaza Strip to be lifted Wednesday as he visited the Palestinian enclave enduring "one of the most dramatic humanitarian crises" he had seen.

"I am deeply moved to be in Gaza today, unfortunately to witness one of the most dramatic humanitarian crises that I've seen in many years working as a humanitarian in the United Nations," Guterres said.

Guterres made the comments at a school run by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, in the northern Gaza Strip.

UN officials say the strip, which has endured a 10-year-old Israeli siege, is fast becoming unliveable, with sparse electricity and a lack of clean water.

Guterres's comments came as he wrapped up a three-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.

He held talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Jerusalem and Ramallah on Monday and Tuesday and was due to give a speech in Tel Aviv later Wednesday before departing.

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