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Parliamentary questions
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5 March 2019
Question for written answer E-001189-19
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Ángela Vallina (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Blocking of the Gaza Strip, shortage of medical supplies and humanitarian aid
 Answer in writing 

Last summer, 74 km off the coast of Gaza, the Israeli Navy stormed two European vessels which were transporting 114 boxes of medical supplies and humanitarian aid.

The two vessels, named Al-Awda and Freedom, were also carrying crew and civilians, who were arrested and detained and who had their personal belongings seized.

The reason Israel gave to justify jailing the crew and confiscating their belongings was that the vessels had tried to break through the blockade in order to get medical supplies into Gaza. As a result of the blockade, which is illegal under international law, two million Palestinians are living in distress in Gaza.

1. What measures have been taken to recover both the humanitarian aid, and get it to the Palestinian people, and the personal belongings of the civilians on board?

2. What is the Commission doing to prevent Israel from carrying out such actions?

Original language of question: ES 
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