Israel prevents UN officials from entering Gaza

At least 200 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed in Israeli airstrikes since late Monday


Israel prevents UN officials from entering Gaza

Israeli authorities on Sunday prevented two United Nations officials from entering the Gaza Strip through Erez crossing, the U.N. Palestinian refugees agency (UNRWA) said.

"They were scheduled to visit Gaza to get acquainted with the situation there, but the Israeli authorities denied them entry, citing security reasons," UNRWA spokesman Adnan Abu Hasna told Anadolu Agency.

He said Israeli authorities had blocked UNRAW Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl and U.N. Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs in the Palestinian Territories James Rowley at the crossing.

Israel has launched a military offensive dubbed "Operation Protective Edge" against the Gaza Strip with the stated aim of ending rocket fire from the enclave.

At least 166 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed in Israeli airstrikes since late Monday.

Gaza-based resistance factions, for their part, have continued to fire hundreds of rockets into Israel, some of which have reached Tel Aviv, in response to the ongoing offensive.

No Israeli fatalities have been reported thus far.