Israel's Gaza blockade 'not sustainable': G8

TORONTO- Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip is "not sustainable" in its current form and must be changed to allow more aid through to its Palestinian population, G8 leaders said Saturday.
In a statement issued after their summit in Canada, the heads of the world's major industrialized economies also said they "deeply regret the loss of life" that happened last month when Israel stormed an activist boat off Gaza.

Trucks carrying wood bound for the Gaza Strip wait at the Kerem Shalom terminal.
Trucks carrying wood bound for the Gaza Strip wait at the Kerem Shalom terminal.
"We urge all parties to work together to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1860 and to ensure the flow of humanitarian and commercial goods and persons, to and from Gaza," the final communique said.
"The current arrangements are not sustainable and must be changed," it said, welcoming the Israeli government's decision to loosen some of the controls it imposes on goods traffic in and out of the Hamas-controlled territory.
"We urge full and effective implementation of this policy in order to address the needs of Gaza's population for humanitarian and commercial goods, civilian reconstruction and infrastructure, and legitimate economic activity."
The statement also said Israel's "legitimate security concerns ... must continue to be safeguarded."
Israel's blockade, imposed after attacks on Israeli civilians by Palestinian militants, has come under more scrutiny since May 31, when nine activists were killed when commandos stormed a Turkish ship heading to Gaza.

Sunday, June 27th 2010

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