EU's Borrell says hunger being used as 'war arm' in Gaza

AFP , Tuesday 12 Mar 2024

EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell criticized the lack of aid entering Gaza as a "manmade" disaster on Tuesday, telling the UN Security Council that hunger was being used as a "war arm."

Josep Borrell
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell talks during a press conference at the EU headquarters in Brussels. AFP


"This humanitarian crisis... is not a natural disaster, is not a flood, is not an earthquake, it is manmade," said Borrell at UN headquarters in New York.

The EU official has repeatedly criticized Israel over its conduct during the war in Gaza started on October 7, and has killed more than 31,000 Palestinians, 70% of them women and children, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

With aid entering Gaza by land far below pre-war levels and relief agencies warning of famine, foreign governments have turned to airdrops and are also trying to set up a maritime aid corridor.

"When we look for alternative ways of providing support, by sea or by air, we have to remind that we have to do it because the natural way of providing support through roads is being closed, artificially closed," said Borrell, a former Spanish minister.

"Starvation is being used as a war arm," he said, adding that "when we condemn this happening in Ukraine, we have to use the same words of what's happening in Gaza."

* This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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