Posted January 30, 2009on:
The United Nations issued a worldwide appeal Thursday for $613 million to help Palestinians recover from Israel’s military assault on the Gaza Strip.
But U.N. and Palestinian officials warned that the effort would fall short unless Israel and Egypt ended their blockade and allowed construction material, heavy equipment and parts to enter the enclave.
Israel and Egypt have kept Gaza’s borders tightly controlled or closed since Hamas, a militant Islamic group, seized power in the territory in June 2007. Both countries are resisting international pressure to ease the restrictions after Israel’s 22-day offensive aimed at halting rocket attacks into its territory. Nearly 1,300 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed in the offensive and thousands of homes and other buildings were destroyed, with damage estimated at $2 billion.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the call for donations at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “Help is indeed needed urgently,” he said, to meet critical needs for food, clean water, shelter, medicine and restoration of basic services.
President Obama’s Middle East envoy, former Sen. George J. Mitchell, said during a visit to the West Bank on Thursday that ending the blockade would also help shore up a cease-fire that took effect early last week.
This article was extacted from Los Angeles Times. Its pretty good to hear the world has eyes on that cruelty. But who can get back the poor children and others out of death. Nor Ban Ki-moon nor Obama…
Re-build Gaza for tha sake of humanity.