The United Nations has begun handing out humanitarian aid that was on a Gaza Strip-bound Turkish flotilla hit by a deadly Israeli commando raid last month, the U.N. press office said on Thursday.
Gazans live under heavy Israel siege for a long time and Egypt still insists on not to opening the only Gaza border crossing in a move condemned by Muslims around the world in protests, leaving Gazans desperate to digging tunnels underground and risking their lives.
"The first truckloads of the Turkish flotilla cargo entered Gaza yesterday," it said in a statement.
"The United Nations is working on distributing those goods to appropriate beneficiaries," it said. "The rest of the cargo is scheduled to enter Gaza in the weeks ahead."
Israeli commandos stormed ships in the flotilla as it headed towards the Gaza Strip on May 31. They killed Nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists on one of the vessels.
The ships and cargo were taken to an Israeli port and the aid is being taken to Gaza overland.
Under pressure to investigate the incident, Israel launched an inquiry with two international observers. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is pushing for a separate U.N. investigation with both Israeli and Turkish participation.
The flotilla incident soured Israel's strategic ties with Turkey which has since recalled its ambassador and canceled joint military exercises.
Israel launched on Dec. 27 a massive offensive in Gaza, killing more than 1434 Palestinians, a third of them children, and wounded at least 5300.
In its land, sea and ar offensive, Israel targeted hospitals, schools, mosques and government buildings and destroyed infrastructure system in Gaza, lefting Palestinians without electricity, gas and power.
But Israel imposes heavy blockade on entry of infrastracture materials under the pretext of Palestinians can use them as "weapon" materials.
Hamas wants Israel and Egypt to reopen all Gaza's border crossings so that people and goods can move freely. Gaza has been under heavy blockade for most of the time since Hamas took power there in June 2007.
ReutersGüncelleme Tarihi: 02 Temmuz 2010, 08:34