Gaza at ‘breaking point’
Karen AbuZayd, head of a UN agency aiding Palestinian refugees, said sealed borders were crippling Gaza.Notice how she said they could protect Palestinians - not Israelis, who constantly lament the 'perpetual fear of terror' they live under. Israelis are paranoid delusional.
She said a 10-week Israeli blockade had brought Gaza to "breaking point".
International monitors of the type deployed at the Rafah border could help open vital crossings and ease the pressure on the economy, she said.
"It would be great to have an international presence, civilian, military, whatever," she said, adding that an international force of peacekeepers could offer Gaza's 1.5m people some protection.
The situation in Gaza is a 'ticking bomb', the UN has warnedNot a very apt analogy since, no matter how debilitated Palestinians get, they are virtually defenseless.
She said EU monitors had successfully enabled Gaza's Egyptian border crossing at Rafah to function until its closure by Israel earlier this summer.
"It allowed people to move," she said. "It was very exciting for people who'd been under occupation for 37 years to finally get out of their country."
An Israeli spokeswoman quoted by the Associated Press news agency said the international community must urge Palestinians "to stop terror and to recognize Israel".* * *
Ms AbuZayd said Israeli military actions had deepened suffering and mass despair in Gaza.
She also criticised a temporary mechanism set up to deliver aid to the Palestinians as a "stopgap measure" that had not improved Gaza's "appallingly low standards of living".* * *
UN humanitarian chief Jan Egeland recently described conditions in Gaza as a "ticking bomb".
The real 'ticking bomb' is Israel - and they're ready to set off World War III.