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  • Israel used ‘calorie count’ to limit Gaza food during blockade, critics claim! 
    by Associated Press, in Jerusalem,guardian.co.uk 
    Defence ministry files on ‘avoiding’ civilian malnutrition are proof Israel used food restrictions to hit Hamas, says Palestine group

    The Israeli military made precise calculations of Gaza’s daily calorie needs to avoid malnutrition during a blockade imposed on the Palestinian territory between 2007 and mid-2010, according to files the defence ministry released on Wednesday under a court order.

    Israel says it never limited how many calories were available to Gaza, but critics claimed the document was proof the government limited food supplies to put pressure on Hamas. At the height of the blockade Israel also maintained a list of foods that were permitted and banned from Gaza.

    Major Guy Inbar, an Israeli military spokesman, said the calculation, based on a person’s average requirement of 2,300 calories a…

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