EU calls on Israel to allow more aid into Gaza

Deliveries of humanitarian aid to Gaza are being restricted, making it difficult to help those in need, a European Union official said Friday. Only about 120 trucks are able to supply Gaza on an average day, compared to about 500 a day in 2007, said John Clancy, spokesman for EU Development Commissioner Louis Michel. Clancy said the commission has asked Israel to allow aid workers to be fast-tracked into the territory. It currently takes about five days for a worker to get into Gaza, and the EU wants to shorten that to 48 hours. "There's an obligation to allow full and unfettered access," Clancy said. "It's unacceptable to have such a drop in access." He said Israel is considering the request.