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EU concerned by ‘Israel’ block of EU missions in WB, Gaza

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Press TV

The European Union has voiced concern over the Israeli regime’s announcement to stop cooperation with EU missions in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, said on Friday that the bloc was concerned by reports in the Israeli media that the Israeli Minister for Military Affairs Moshe Ya’alon announced “a number of restrictions affecting EU activities supporting the Palestinian people .”

Kocijancic said Brussels has not received any official communication from the Israeli authorities, noting, “Our delegations on the spot are seeking urgent clarifications.”

Meanwhile, a western diplomat said that due to the Israeli measures, several European humanitarian aid staff did not succeed in receiving permits to enter the Gaza Strip.

The development came after Ya’alon ordered Israeli officials to freeze “projects, canceled meetings, curtailed coordination and permits for Europe’s operations” for Palestinians living in the Area C of the occupied West Bank, after the EU’s decision to ban dealings with Israeli institutions operating in the occupied territories.

The EU published new guidelines in its Official Journal on July 19, banning its 28 members from funding projects in Israeli settlements in al-Quds (Jerusalem), the West Bank or Golan Heights, which the Tel Aviv regime occupied during the 1967 war.

The ban sparked anger among the Israeli officials, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres claiming the new directive would undermine attempts by US Secretary of State John Kerry to relaunch peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

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