Barak: Gaza problem is arms buildup not humanitarian crisis

June 27, 2011 14:24

Gaza's real problem is not a humanitarian crisis but the fact that Hamas continues to build weapons arsenals there, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Monday during a meeting with his Independence faction.

Commenting on a flotilla scheduled to set sail for Gaza in the coming days, Barak called the flotilla an "unnecessary provocation," and said "there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza."

"The real problem in Gaza is that [Hamas] continues to hold [captured IDF soldier] Gilad Schalit and to build up weapons arsenals," he said.

Emphasizing that there was no problem in getting humanitarian supplies to the Strip, the defense minister said "We asked the organizers to stop the provocation."

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