UN's Ban calls for end to Gaza blockade

UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon called on Israel on Tuesday to lift the "suffocating" blockade on the Gaza Strip, a day after Israel said the naval blockade of Gaza would continue under a deal with Turkey to normalize ties.
Moon called Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip "collective punishment for which there must be accountability."

During a visit to the coastal strip, Ban told reporters: "The closure of Gaza suffocates its people, stifles its economy and impede reconstruction effort, it is a collective punishment for which there must accountability,"

During a 48 hour visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, Ban met with Israeli President Rivlin and is scheduled to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.