Governments urged to discourage flotillas to Gaza

flotillas in Gaza

flotillas in Gaza

Governments around the Mediterranean Sea have been urged to discourage their citizens from sending flotillas to Gaza, an occupied Palestinian territory which is facing a blockade by Israel.

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has sent a letter to those governments expressing concern about media reports of potential flotillas.

He says that assistance and goods destined to Gaza should be channelled through legitimate crossings and established channels.

Martin Nesirky is UN Spokesman.

"The Secretary-General called on all Governments concerned to use their influence to discourage such flotillas, which carry the potential to escalate into violent conflict. He further called on all, including the Government of Israel, to act responsibly and with caution to avoid any violent incident. The Secretary-General reiterated that, while he believed that flotillas were not helpful in resolving the basic economic problems in Gaza, the situation there remains unsustainable."

The Secretary-General urged the government of Israel to end the closure of Gaza and stressed the need for the operation of legitimate crossings to be adequate to meet the needs of Gaza's civilian population.

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