UN aid chief calls for end to Gaza blockade

CANBERRA, Australia—Israel needs to be persuaded to ease its blockade of the Gaza Strip, UN Humanitarian Chief John Holmes said on Tuesday, calling it "inflammatory" in the wake of last week's IDF raid on an aid flotilla.
"We cannot make Israel do that ... we have to persuade Israel that it's in her interest," Holmes told the Australian Associated Press during a visit to the capital, Canberra, for a meeting of donors.
He said the 3-year-old blockade "is an extra inflammatory aspect of the Middle East crisis. The effects it's having on the population of Gaza ... is devastating. There is a bit of a tinderbox there."