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UN warns of escalating Gaza situation, fragile West Bank political situation
UN warns of escalating Gaza situation, fragile West Bank political situation
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Gaza, ALRAY - The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, warned in a statement on Monday of the dangers of escalating the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip and also warned of the fragility of the security and political situation in the occupied West Bank.


Wennesland said that the fragility of the political and security situation, particularly in the occupied West Bank, is deeply disturbing, and that the continuing conflict and the lack of political will for change will strengthen extremism.


"The humanitarian situation needs to be alleviated, the economy should be able to grow in Gaza, and the blockade should be lifted in line with the 2009 Security Council resolution," Wennesland added.


The UN official warned of the repercussions of the Palestinian Authority's financial crisis, which has been exacerbated by the constraints of Israeli occupation and the absence of serious Palestinian reforms, adding that there is no alternative to a legitimate political process that will resolve the core issues.


Wennesland went on to say, "settlements are a flagrant violation of United Nations resolutions and international law, undermining the prospects for a two-state solution and systematically terminating the possibility of a neighboring, independent, viable and sovereign Palestinian State.”


Wennesland called on the Israeli occupation to stop the displacement and evacuation of Palestinians, in line with its obligations under international humanitarian law and the international human rights law, in addition to approving plans that would enable Palestinians in Area C and occupied East Jerusalem to construct buildings legally.