Africa-Press – Angola. The UN envoy for the Middle East, Tor Wennesland, appealed this Friday for a new escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip to be avoided and for an “immediate” end to the clashes between the parties.
“In the last few hours, at least ten Palestinians have died in Israeli air strikes. I am deeply saddened by reports that a five-year-old boy was killed in these attacks. There can be no justification for any attack on civilians,” the UN representative stressed. in a statement.
“The escalation of escalation is very dangerous. The launch of ‘rockets’ must end immediately and I urge all parties to avoid further confrontation,” he added.
Tor Wennesland warned that recent events, such as “the progress achieved in the gradual opening” of the Gaza Strip since May, are at risk of “fading” and may imply “even greater humanitarian needs” in a context of economic crisis, noting that aid international “will not be readily available”.
“The UN is fully committed to all interested parties in trying to prevent a new conflict that would have devastating consequences, particularly for civilians. The responsibility lies with the parties to prevent this from happening,” he concluded.
A “pre-emptive strike” by Israel on the Gaza Strip today resulted in the death of the ‘number two’ of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (JIP) and threatens to trigger an escalation of violence in the region.
The Israeli bombings, according to the country’s army, preceded an “imminent threat” of an attack from Gaza and so far have left at least 10 dead and 55 wounded.