United Nations – Gaza is suffering under the blockade

And Ban still allows the settlements.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8578611.stm

The UN chief has said Israel’s blockade of Gaza is causing “unacceptable suffering,” during a Middle East visit to reinvigorate the peace process.

Ban Ki-moon told Gazans that “we stand with you” as he visited an area damaged by Israel’s offensive 14 months ago.

His visit to the region comes amid tension over Israel’s plans to build more settlements in East Jerusalem.

Rebuilding is difficult due to a lack of building materials during the three-year blockade.

Israel imposed a tightened blockade after the Islamist Hamas movement seized power in June 2007.

Speaking in Gaza, Mr Ban said families were living under “unacceptable, unsustainable conditions”.

Mr Ban said it was “distressing” for him to see damage to housing remaining, with no reconstruction possible under the blockade.

The blockade has prevented the UN from completing housing projects, but Mr Ban pledged to continue providing aid to Gazans.

“My message to people of Gaza is this: the United Nations will stand with you through this ordeal,” he said.

Eh, still. It’s good to see that Ban is with the Gazan people and that they won’t get flushed away like they did in the Gaza War.

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