Gaza aid being blocked by Israel, says reporter

By staff writers
April 10, 2009

Thousands of tons of humanitarian aid intended for the people of Gaza are sitting at the Egyptian border because Israel has not authorized them to pass, says a freelance journalist on the spot.

Mario Molinari is in el-Arish, in the Sinai peninsula, with volunteers from the Italian 'Music for Peace' charity. The aid was collected for those affected by Israeli military action in Gaza that killed more than more than 1,400 people in January.

The Gaza strip's infrastructure was also devastated and thousands wereleft homeless.

Molinari has made a documentary film of the situation. He says that Israeli officials are holding up the shipments of aid by asking for new documents each day as a stalling tactic.

In the West Bank, meanwhile, there were clashes between residents and Israeli settlers backed by the Israeli armed forces.

Eleven Palestinians are reported to have been taken to hospital after being wounded in related incidents near the village of Safa, close to Hebron.

The Missionary International News Agency (MISNA) reports that clashes occurred among local people and residents of the illegal Bat Ayin settlement.

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