Committee on rights of Palestinian people briefed on East Jerusalem

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Children in the West Bank. Photo: UNRWA

The UN General Assembly's Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People is being briefed on Tuesday on the situation in East Jerusalem where thousands of Palestinians have been without running water for over a month.

The Committee, which was established in 1975, is composed of several member states and regional organizations, including the African Union, the League of Arab States and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

The meeting comes just after the release of a report on the humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territories, including Gaza which continues to face economic hardships as a result of the Israeli blockade.

James Rawley is the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

"2013 was a very difficult year for the people of Gaza and it was a paradoxical situation where on the one hand there was lower level of hostilities in more than a decade yet the situation got worse. We regret that very much. There are things that can be done that can improve the situation for the people of Gaza." (22")

Mr. Rawley said one thing that can be done to improve the situation for the people of Gaza is the opening of the crossings between Gaza and Israel and allowing fishermen to fish more and farmers to have access to their land.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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