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Gaza situation remains tense for Palestinians

Gaza situation remains tense for Palestinians

United Nations, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland on Monday said that the Gaza situation remains tense and reiterated UN's commitment to provide bold assistance.
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Three months after lethal escalation of Israel-Palestine conflict, new clashes were reported: while incendiary balloons have been launched from coastal enclave. In retaliation, Israeli Defense Forces fired 37 missiles against Hamas targets, resulting in damage but no injuries, Wennesland told the UN Security Council (UNSC).

During his virtual speech, Wennesland called on all sides to show restraint, avoid provocations at the fence and keep the protests peaceful.

The United Nations continues to engage all sides to maintain calm and provide urgent assistance to Gaza´s residents.

Wennesland also urged Israel to cease the demolition and seizure of Palestinian property throughout the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in line with its obligations under international humanitarian law.

The special coordinator thanked the international donors who have contributed to financing the humanitarian appeal for Gaza and remained extremely concerned by the dire financial situation facing the Palestinian Authority and its ability to withstand the ongoing fiscal and health crises. This may affect all Palestinians.

It is critical that the PA be empowered to exercise its responsibilities throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including on reconstruction in the Gaza Strip.

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