UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov has warned of a new round of violent conflict in the Gaza Strip as Israel forces mounting pressures on the already besieged enclave.
The senior UN diplomat voiced concern over the situation in Gaza and said that Tel Aviv must understand that its policies on the Palestinian enclave merely “escalate violence.”
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“Heat in the Gaza Strip is growing up,” said Mladenov during a visit to Gaza City.
The UN official further said Israel was not doing enough to ease the crippling blockade on Gaza, criticizing those “who believe that it’s possible to punish the Gaza Strip and keep it under blockade.”
Israeli imposed the siege on Gaza in 2007. Since then, the regime has launched three devastating wars on the coastal strip.
The latest military offensive against the territory in 2014, left nearly 2,200 Palestinians dead, including 577 children, over 11,100 others wounded and thousands of homes destroyed.
Israel continues to carry out attacks on the Palestinian enclave from time to time. The regime’s fighter jets also frequently bomb Gaza.
The UN diplomat further said “to restore calm, we need to follow up many issues, mainly reconstruction.”
“We are very much concerned over the slow process of reconstruction,” said Mladenov.
Tel Aviv has repeatedly banned the shipment of cements and other construction materials to Gaza, claiming that it is used by Palestinian resistance fighters to build up underground tunnels to attack Israel.
Mladenov said the UN Security Council would hold a special session next week to discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip, including efforts to bring Israelis and Palestinians to meet over the reconstruction issue.