Hamas: UN statement reveals suffering of Palestinians in Gaza
The Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, has hailed recent remarks by a spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who called for the full lifting of Israel’s years-long blockade on the impoverished Gaza Strip.
In a statement on Wednesday, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the UN official's remarks revealed once again the extent of the suffering of the more than two million Palestinians as a result of the unjust siege that clearly violates international law and human rights.
"We call on the UN and all human rights and international organizations to take all these statements and reports seriously, work to intensify efforts to end the suffering of our Palestinian people and to pressure the Zionist occupying regime to lift its siege," Hamas said.
He further stressed the need to "end the policy of apartheid practiced by the Zionist occupation against our Palestinian people."
On Tuesday, Stephane Dujarric called for the complete removal of the Israeli blockade of Gaza, in line with a 2009 UN Security Council resolution.
"Today is the 15th anniversary of the beginning of the blockade in the Gaza Strip," Dujarric said during a press briefing held at the UN headquarters in New York.
"Due to poverty, high unemployment and other factors caused by the blockade, about 80 percent of Gaza's population depends on humanitarian aid.
"This year, $510 million is needed to provide food, water, sanitation and health care for 1.6 million people, and we now have only 25 per cent of that," he added.