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22 Jan, 2015

Palestinian Children Call for Construction of Seaport, Lifting Gaza Blockade

GAZA, January 21, 2015 (WAFA) – Dozens of Palestinian children organized Wednesday a protest calling for the construction of Gaza seaport and lifting the blockade in Gaza city, reported Anadolu News Agency.

Protestors took to the streets of Gaza city, urging the United Nations to assume its human and legal responsibilities toward the war-ravaged coastal enclave and pressure Israel into constructing a seaport and lifting the blockade.

Protestors carried placards reading Gaza is entitled to have a seaport, a seaport for lifting the blockade and Gaza: the largest prison worldwide in 2015.

Israa’ Khalil, Spokesperson for Women against the Blockade, the group that organized the protest, urged the UN to “assume its legal, moral and human responsibilities toward the strip and construct a seaport in order to lift the eight-year-long blockade.”

She called on the European Union to pressure Israel into lifting Gaza blockade and called on the Palestinian government to “assume its functions in the Gaza Strip and construct a seaport.”

Israel and the Palestinian factions inked a ceasefire deal on August 26, ending the latest deadly Israeli onslaught on Gaza that claimed the lives of over 2,200 people, overwhelmingly civilians.

The ceasefire deal stipulated that Israel ease the blockade imposed on the strip and easing the restrictions on the unilaterally-imposed fishing zone off Gaza’s coast.

The most pressing key issue is Gaza reconstruction. Whole neighborhoods across the strip have been flattened and reduced to rubble by Israeli airstrikes, leaving about 475,000 Palestinians displaced.

Israel has however failed to do so, repeatedly violating the ceasefire deal through opening fire on Palestinian fishermen within the fishing zone and hindering the reconstruction.

Continuing the Cairo-brokered talks on the other key issues was repeatedly postponed in the wake of November attacks against Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula.

Israel has imposed a tightened blockade since 2007 after Hamas won the democratic legislative elections and took over power in the strip.