As it begins 73rd session, CIR sends letter to UNGA demanding Gaza blockade lift

“Council of International Relations – Palestine (CIR)” sent a letter to the President of the current session of the UN General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, demanding to raise the issue of lifting the siege of Gaza seriously on the agenda of the UNGA sessions.

The council conveyed the letter to Ms. Espinosa through the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process in Gaza on Wednesday morning.

The Council stressed in the letter that the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip continue to suffer severely from the ongoing Israeli occupation and the illegal blockade for 12 years.

” The first step toward achieving peace and justice must be an end to Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza that is poisoning our one million children immediately and unconditionally,” the council added.

It pointed out to the difficult humanitarian conditions in Gaza, mentioning that 97% of the water is contaminated, Electricity is available only four hours per day, 60% of young people are unemployed, and 50% of essential medicines are unavailable.

The Council referred to the peaceful Marches of Return, pointing out that the residents of Gaza did not rush to the separation fence in response to the Israeli siege and also after they got desperate of the international community’s failure to alleviate their suffering.

The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly opened Tuesday with its new President Maria Fernanda Espinosa. The 193 states members of the UNGA will discuss about 330 resolutions during about 100 plenary sessions.