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16:17 | 2010-06-08


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Lebanese Analysts:

US, Israel Seeking New Tactics to Maintain Siege of Gaza

TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Lebanese analyst said growing demands for an end to the Israeli siege of Gaza have made the US, Israel and their allies to think of new tactics and strategies to maintain the blockade.

Speaking to FNA about Israel's recent attack on a convoy of ships carrying humanitarian aids to the Gaza Strip, Amin Hatit said that the massacre of the human rights activists by the Israeli forces has changed the conditions against Tel Aviv.

Hatit, who is a retired Lebanese General, reminded increasing efforts in the international community to send new aid convoys to Gaza, and added, "The Gaza siege has already been broken and the US and Europe are trying to find a new way to prevent a full lifting of the Gaza blockade, meanwhile they do not want the siege to continue in its present form."

"The US and its allies plan to create a monitoring system along the coasts of Gaza…," Hatit went on saying.

The analyst further announced that Lebanon would send a ship carrying humanitarian aids of the Lebanese people to Gaza next week, yet he said he believed that the Israeli regime would stop and confiscate the ship and transfer it to Ashdod.

The siege of Gaza started in June 2007 when Israel imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip. This was supported by the governments of Egypt and the US.

The blockade consists of a land blockade along Gaza's borders with Egypt and Israel and a sea blockade. It immediately followed the 2006-2007 economic sanctions against the Palestinian National Authority following the election of Hamas to the Palestinian government.

The blockade has attracted criticism from many Human Rights organizations. September 2009 UN fact-finding mission found that the blockade of Gaza "amounted to collective punishment", was likely a war crime and a crime against humanity and recommended that the matter be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC).