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29 May 2008

Bishop Tutu shocked at living conditions in Gaza

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Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu says he's shocked at the living conditions in Gaza.

The South African Archbishop--in Gaza as head of a team of UN human rights observers--tells UN Radio the Israeli blockade of Gaza is illegal and must end.

"The blockade by Israel is an abominable act; it is totally unacceptable, it is a crude violation of human rights and we need to call to the international community to stop its complicity and speak out on behalf of the people who are suffering so much."

Bishop Tutu is part of an independent high-level fact-finding mission into the Israeli shelling of Beit Hanoun in which 19 people were killed in November 2006.

This is Donn Bobb reporting for United Nations Radio.

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