Situation in Gaza deteriorates because of renewed tensions: UN envoy

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Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt. Photo: IRIN/Ahmed Dalloul

The top UN envoy for the Middle East region has expressed his concern about the deteriorating social and economic conditions in Gaza.

Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, shared his observations with the press during his visit to the Strip on Wednesday.

In the past two months, said Mr. Serry, there have been more rockets being fired at Israel, more border incidents and Israeli retaliatory operations than before, causing death or injury to civilians.

The continued closures are also contributing to the worsening of the situation. In particular, imports of construction materials have dramatically decreased.

Martin Nesirky is the UN Spokesperson.

"Mr. Serry stressed that imports of construction materials for the private sector through legal crossings remain essential for the Gaza economy, while material must not be diverted from its intended peaceful purposes. He also expressed hope that the Rafah crossing with Egypt would soon resume normal operations."

The United Nations condemns the rise in violence, Serry said, and all parties must act in accordance with international law.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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