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oPt: OIC Chief warns against the exacerbating humanitarian disaster in the Gaza Strip

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The Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, condemned the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip due to Israel's continued siege. He warned of the exacerbation of the humanitarian suffering of the Palestinians following the interruption of the supply of food, medicine, and fuel as a result of Israel's tightened blockage and the closure of entry points into Gaza Strip.

Ihsanoglu considered that Israel's perseverance in committing murders and assassinations and its sustained denial of access to fuel, food and medicine to the Gaza Strip constitute a humanitarian crime that affects more than one million and a half Palestinians. The international community, he stressed, should put an end to this situation in the Gaza Strip.

He also called on the Quartet, the Security Council, the UN Secretary General and the European Union, to move promptly to stop Israel's aggression and enact the proper and necessary measures slated to ensure the protection of the Palestinian people. He pointed out that all these parties need to take on their responsibilities towards the humanitarian disaster unraveling in the Gaza Strip, emphasizing that its repercussions might seriously hurt the peace process in the Middle East.

The Secretary General called for the respect of the truce and for an end to the siege imposed by Israel on the Gaza Strip.