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7. 1. 2009 11:54

EU Presidency Statement on the current situation in Gaza

EU Presidency Statement

The Presidency of the EU is deeply concerned by the increasing number of civilian casualties and the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza We are profoundly disturbed by the loss of civilian life at a school in Jabaliya that resulted from Israeli military action.

We continue to call on both sides to immediately implement a comprehensive ceasefire to ease the suffering of civilians in both Israel and Gaza. We call on Israel to open a humanitarian corridor in Gaza and allow humanitarian organizations free access to the territory. There is a dire need in Gaza for basic supplies, including food, medicines, water and electricity.

We recall the responsibility of those who, by indiscriminately firing rockets into Israel, including from the densely populated areas of Gaza, began this tragic conflict.

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