Italian senator slams world's silence on Gaza blockade
GAZA, May 26-- An Italian parliamentarian Tuesday slammed the international community's idle stance towards the Israeli blockade on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
Those who do not say "no" to this siege and "no" for this oppression in Gaza are against freedom of Palestinian people, said Italian senator Fernando Rossi, who arrived in Gaza Monday night with a European aid convoy.
"Every one of us, either those who entered Gaza or those who remained outside... is sharing a Gazan thought and heart," he told a press conference with deposed Hamas Minister of Works Ahmed al-Kurd.
Egypt only allowed 20 European activists into Gaza and prevented the others from entering. It also allowed 40 trucks with medical aid into the coastal strip.
Israel sealed off the Gaza Strip in June 2007 when Hamas routed security forces of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and seized control of Gaza.
Egypt also maintained the closure of Rafah crossing point, the only way for Gazans to the outside world, since a U.S.-brokered protocol said the crossing can not open without the presence of Abbas' forces and EU monitors. link
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