5 EU States Call for End to Gaza Siege

Five European countries have called for the implementation of the United Nations Security Council resolution which calls for the blockade of the Gaza Strip to be lifted.

On Monday, the foreign ministers of Italy, France, Germany, Spain, and Britain underlined "the need for a fundamental change of policy leading to a durable solution to the situation in Gaza, in line with the UNSC Resolution 1860," the Italian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, AFP reported.

The five countries also said they hoped "the measures announced by the government of Israel will soon be implemented," referring to Tel Aviv’s alleged intention to relax its restrictions on the transfer of supplies.

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said earlier in the day that the Spanish, French, and Italian foreign ministers would visit Gaza this month to check on the plan.

However, the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has said that Israel has decided to lift restrictions on the entry of a trickle of consumer goods into Gaza in order to reduce the pressure from the international community in the wake of the attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla, during which Israeli forces killed nine Turkish citizens on board the M.V. Mavi Marmara.

(Press TV)

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