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Vast swathes of Gaza becoming uninhabitable after three months of Israeli bombing (Photo: UNRWA)

UN joins EU outcry on Israel's Gaza-expulsion rhetoric

The UN and leading Arab states have followed EU condemnation of Israeli talk about moving Palestinians out of Gaza.

"International law prohibits forcible transfer of protected persons within or deportation from occupied territory," said UN human rights chief Volker Turk on Thursday (4 January).

He was "very disturbed" by Israeli statements on the issue, he added.

Regional powers Qatar and Saudi Arabia also denounced Israel's remarks.

They amounted to "toxic attempt...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Vast swathes of Gaza becoming uninhabitable after three months of Israeli bombing (Photo: UNRWA)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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