Palestine Urges Israel To Completely Lift Gaza Blockade

The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Wednesday urged Israel to completely lift the Gaza blockade as Israel's security cabinet is scheduled to approve measures aimed to ease the siege at the same day.

The Israeli government has reviewed its policies regarding the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip since three years ago when the Islamic Hamas movement seized control of the enclave, Xinhua reports.

According to BBC News, the meeting comes after the Middle East envoy Tony Blair said he was confident Israeli leaders would agree to a partial lifting of the blockade.

Israel has been under pressure to loosen the restrictions since it attacked a flotilla of ships attempting to deliver aid to Palestinians in Gaza.

Meanwhile, the UN says Israel has agreed to let it distribute the aid.

There has been widespread international criticism of the way Israel intercepted the flotilla on 31 May, leading to the deaths of nine people.

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