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EU foreign policy chief seeks open Gaza borders

EU foreign policy chief seeks open Gaza borders

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says Gaza's borders must open to enable the territory's battered economy to recover.
Ashton spoke at a news conference Saturday with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
Ashton is to tour Gaza on Sunday to gauge whether Israel's decision to ease its 3-year-old blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory has improved the lives of ordinary Gazans.
Earlier this month, Israel said it would allow the import of most consumer goods to Gaza. However, Israel continues to ban exports and restricts the import of badly needed construction materials.
Ashton says Israel needs to go further and that "there needs to be an opening of the crossings to allow the flow of people and goods in both directions."


Updated : 2021-05-15 17:41 GMT+08:00