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Israeli restrictions undermine livelihoods of vulnerable families in Gaza: UN official

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Recent restrictions imposed by Israel on the movement of people and goods to and from Gaza are undermining the livelihoods and rights of many vulnerable people in the territory.

This warning has come from the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Gaza, James Rawley, who says that if the restrictions continue, the effect on the population will be serious. UN Deputy Spokesperson Eduardo Del Buey has more.

“The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Gaza, James Rawley, expressed serious concern regarding the impact of recent Israeli restrictions on the civilian population in Gaza. In response to a deteriorating security situation in and around Gaza, in recent weeks Israel has announced a series of heightened restrictions on the movement of people and goods to and from the Gaza Strip, including closures of the Kerem Shalom crossing. Mr. Rawley said that the measures are resulting in the depletion of stocks of essential items, including basic foodstuffs and cooking gas."

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Eduardo Del Buey says the United Nations will continue to support Egyptian efforts to restore the calm and fully implement the ceasefire understanding as the only viable way to address the unsustainable situation in Gaza.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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