UN humanitarian chief John Holmes confirms that Israel has closed the Gaza Strip border crossings in violation of international laws.
"Israel briefly opened its border with Gaza on Tuesday. The crossing, however, was sealed the same day after an Israeli soldier was killed by a bomb blast at a Gaza crossing. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack....
"Israel has a particular responsibility as the occupying power in this context, because of its control of Gaza's borders with Israel, to respect the relevant provisions of international humanitarian law," the UN emergency relief coordinator told the Security Council on Wednesday.
Briefing the 15-member council on his recent trip to Gaza, Holmes urged immediate action from the Israeli side.
"It is therefore critical that new steps are taken immediately by the Israeli authorities to move to the sustained re-opening of crossing points," he said......."
Watch Video of Holmes and Karen Abu Zaid's Remarks at the Security Council Meeting Wednesday