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Gaza blockade illegal, must be lifted-UN's Pillay

KAMPALA, June 5 (Reuters) - 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)