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UN Humanitarian Chief: Gaza an “Open-Air Prison”

HeadlineMar 03, 2010

Meanwhile in the Gaza Strip, the United Nations’ top humanitarian official has accused Israel of keeping Palestinians in an “open-air prison.” John Holmes appeared on the news network Al Jazeera English Tuesday after touring Gaza.

Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes: “They’re living in a kind of open-air prison. They’re still suffering this kind of collective punishment they’ve been suffering for three years now. And it’s counterproductive. It’s counterproductive including for Israel, because it’s only breeding despair. It’s not helping their objectives, whatever they might be in Gaza. So it really needs changing, and it really needs changing very rapidly. I think that’s the main point, and we really will hope that they will reconsider the kind of attitude they’ve been adopting so far.”

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