UN: (14/2/2008): Deputy spokesperson the UN secretary general, Mary Ocabi, announced today that the UN Secretary general has sent a message to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.
The source added that the message delivered by Mr. Vijay Nambiar, Chef de Cabinet to the Secretary-General states that the decision by Israel to introduce a full closure of the Gaza Strip has cut off an already destitute population of Gaza from vitally needed supplies. The recent breach of the border between Gaza and Egypt showed the degree of desperation among ordinary Gazans, as thousands crossed into Egypt in search of food and basic daily necessities.
In his message, the deputy spokesperson of the secretary general, went on to say, Mr. Ban Ki-moon reminded Israel of its obligations towards the civilian population of Gaza under international law, including the laws of occupation, which continue to apply to the extent of Israel’s control over the territory and its population.
At the same time, John Holmes, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator is in the territories on a five-day official visit that took him to the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the southern Israeli town of Sderot.
Holmes has also met senior officials, UN staff, representatives of aid agencies and members of the donor and diplomatic community. .
Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People Alarmed at Deteriorating Situation in OPT