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53 Dem lawmakers say US must ensure Israel, Egypt let aid into ‘occupied Gaza’

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Fifty-three Democratic lawmakers in the United States House of Representatives penned a letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging the Biden administration to ensure that Israel and Egypt allow humanitarian aid into the “occupied Gaza Strip.”

“The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza is untenable. Ensuring that Palestinians residing in Gaza receive humanitarian aid is vital to securing the well-being of Gaza’s 2.1 million residents,” the letter, spearheaded by Representatives Mark Pocan and Debbie Dingell, read.

“Securing these changes is vital to addressing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, which has been exacerbated by the recent hostilities between Hamas and Israel that left an estimated 1.3 million Palestinians in need of humanitarian assistance,” it added.

Israel left Gaza in 2005, but the United Nations still considers the territory occupied as Jerusalem controls most of its borders, and its air and maritime space.

Israel and Egypt have, for many years, imposed a blockade on the Strip due to the Hamas takeover of the territory in 2007. Israel says that the restrictions are necessary to prevent massive amounts of weapons from reaching the terror group that rules the coastal enclave and is avowed to the Jewish state’s destruction.

Critics say that the blockade is excessive and has brought the Gazan economy to its knees. Around 57 percent of Gazans are under the poverty line, the UN reported in 2017.

The US lawmakers urged a........

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