EU asks Israel to open Gaza Strip

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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Gaza City, Jul 19: European Union (EU) asked Israel to allow exports from the Gaza Strip.

European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton told that EU would continue to demand that Gaza crossing terminals become completely operational.

Catherine Ashton demanded this on her second tour to Gaza on Sunday, Jul 18.

"We will keep pressuring for reopening the Gaza crossing points to improve the economical conditions in the Gaza Strip and make a better future for its population," said Catherine Ashton.

On Sunday, Jul 18 after meeting Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in Jerusalem, she told that new Israeli policy in Gaza is a 'step forward' but that other decisions need to be taken by Israel.

Israel in Jun 2010 relaxed its four-year blockade of Gaza, which is controlled by the Islamist Hamas movement. The easing came amid international pressure following the Israeli seizure of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May 2010, which left nine Turkish activists dead.

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