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Latest update : 2008-01-27

During emergency talks in Jerusalem on Sunday, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert assured President Mahmud Abbas that Israel wouldn't let Gaza slip into a humanitarian crisis.

Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the Palestinian president at a meeting on Sunday that Israel would allow vital goods to enter the impoverished Gaza Strip, officials said.

"The two leaders discussed at length the situation in Gaza and both agreed on the need to prevent a humanitarian crisis there," Olmert spokesman David Baker said, referring to the talks with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

Olmert was said to have given the reassurance during his first meeting with Abbas since Palestinian militants destroyed large sections of the border wall with Egypt, sending hundreds of thousands of Gazans pouring into the Sinai.

"(Olmert) reassured Abbas that Israel would continue to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza after Abu Mazen (Abbas) requested that Israel not harm the civilian population in the Gaza Strip," a senior Israeli official said.

The official, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity, said there were talks under way between Olmert and the office of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on how to re-establish the border.
 

Date created : 2008-01-27

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