KAMPALA, June 5 UN High Commissioner for Human
Rights Navi Pillay said on Saturday Israel's blockade of Gaza is
illegal and should be lifted, and reiterated calls for an
investigation into Israel's raid on aid supply ships this week.
"International humanitarian law prohibits starvation of
civilians as a method of warfare and ... it is also prohibited
to impose collective punishment on civilians," Pillay said.
"I have consistently reported to member states that the
blockade is illegal and must be lifted."
She said that even if the blockade is proven legal under
international law, Israel's military operation against the
flotilla on Monday must be analysed from the perspective of
Israel's obligation to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza.
(Reporting by Aaron Gray-Block)