Six Parliamentarians from three political parties have today (Thursday 12th September 2013) urged the Egyptian Ambassador to halt the destruction of tunnels until they have secured access via the official crossings that are able to meet demand within Gaza.
MPs Jeremy Corbyn, Mark Durkan, Sir Bob Russell, Andy Slaughter and Sarah Teather, along with independent Peer, Baroness Jenny Tonge have written to the Egyptian Ambassador to express their alarm at the deteriorating situation.
Jeremy Corbyn MP said
“By destroying the tunnels whilst closing the crossings, the Egyptian authorities are helping to make an already dire humanitarian disaster even worse. The people living in the occupied Palestinian territory of Gaza, are just normal people trying to live their lives and being stopped at every time by their occupier and their occupier’s neighbour.”
Sarah Colborne, from Palestine Solidarity Campaign, who helped coordinate the letter, said
“The suffering of 1.6 million Palestinians in Gaza is exacerbated by the Egyptian authorities role in aiding Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza. We are calling on the Egyptian authorities to open the borders now, and allow Palestinians in Gaza the rights that we all take for granted – free movement and trade, the right to food, clean water and medicines. The siege has lasted more than 6 years. That is 6 years too many, and it must end now.”