EU calls for Israel to open Gaza’s borders for aid workers

At a meeting chaired by the Czech EU presidency on Wednesday, European leaders called on Israel to allow humanitarian aid to flow to the Gaza Strip immediately. Speaking after the meeting, attended among others by Israeli Foreign Minister Tsipi Livni, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg said that the EU had called on Israel to open border crossings with Gaza to allow international humanitarian organizations to do their work. EU leaders also discussed ways of preventing arms smuggling into the Gaza Strip on Wednesday. A ceasefire in the region was declared by both sides last weekend following nearly three weeks of fighting.

Author: Rosie Johnston