'Humanitarian corridor' will open into Gaza, Olmert says

Israel will open a "humanitarian corridor" into Gaza, said a statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (pictured). This will involve opening certain areas temporarily to allow the population "to receive the aid and stock up."



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AFP - Israel will open a humanitarian corridor into the Gaza Strip, acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office said early on Wednesday.

"In order to prevent a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert decided to adopt a proposal by the security establishment to open a humanitarian corridor into the Gaza Strip to assist the population," the statement said.

"This involves opening up geographical areas for limited periods of time during which the population will be able to receive the aid and stock up."

The exact details of the programme will be decided by Israel's coordinator for civilian operations, part of the defence ministry.

Olmert spoke with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and updated her on the diplomatic and military developments in the Gaza Strip and on this decision, the statement added.

There was no reaction from Olmert's office to an invitation by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for an urgent meeting with Israel to discuss security on the Egypt-Gaza border.


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