Norway condemns 'unacceptable' siege of Gaza

AFP , Friday 13 Oct 2023

Norway expressed its condemnation of Israel's "unacceptable" siege of Gaza. "Israel is entitled to defend itself ... but it cannot use all possible means," Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt told public radio NRK on Friday.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway Anniken Huitfeldt, Reuters
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway Anniken Huitfeldt, Reuters

 

Norway on Friday condemned Israel's "unacceptable" siege of Gaza after the Hamas militant group's bloody attack on Israel.

"Israel is entitled to defend itself ... but it cannot use all possible means," Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt told public radio NRK.

"I condemn this siege because you have to, when they ask so many people to leave, when they don't have access to food and medicine," she added.

On Saturday October 7, Hamas gunmen killed more than 1,200 people in Israel and took about 150 hostages in the deadliest attack since the country's creation in 1948.

Israel has retaliated by raining air and artillery strikes in Gaza, which have claimed more than 1,400 lives and displaced over 400,000 people in the crowded enclave.

After Hamas's attack, Israel ordered a total siege of the Gaza Strip, cutting off food, water and electricity supplies to the area already subjected to a land, air and sea blockade since 2006.

On Friday, Israel's army called for all Gaza City residents -- around 1.1 million people -- to evacuate their homes and head south of the territory within 24 hours.

"The establishment of a full blockade, including on access to electricity, water, food, and other goods that are indispensable for the survival of the civilian population in Gaza, is unacceptable," Huitfeldt said in a statement late Thursday.

* This story has been edited by Ahram Online

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