Committee to escalate protests against Gaza siege
Published Friday 28/02/2014 (updated) 01/03/2014 21:02
The Rafah border crossing into Egypt (MaanImages/file).
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The High Committee to Lift the Siege on Gaza said on Friday that it plans to escalate its efforts in the face of the continuing Israeli siege on Gaza.
Spokesman for the committee Hammad al-Raqb told Ma'an that the efforts would begin today with activities including mass phone calls to consulates and embassies calling for an end to the siege.
"After eight years of siege and after the closure of tunnels, the siege intensified and we have to raise our voice to influence public opinion to end the siege on Gaza," al-Raqb said.
"Palestinians launched two intifadas before, and will not fail to launch a third one" if Israeli forces continue to "starve and humiliate us," he added.
The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by Israel since 2006.
The blockade has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Gazans.