UN “deeply alarmed” over renewed hostilities between Israel and Gaza
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UN “deeply alarmed” over renewed hostilities between Israel and Gaza

United Nations special envoy concerned after mutliple rockets fired at southern Israeli communities leading to a dealy response from the IDF

A Palestinian Hamas military policeman walks over the rubble of a site hit by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City,  (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian Hamas military policeman walks over the rubble of a site hit by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

The United Nations’ Middle East envoy has expressed his concern about the latest escalation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas.

Nickolay Mladenov, the UN special envoy who is involved in Egyptian efforts to broker a truce, said he was “deeply alarmed” by “multiple rockets fired toward communities in southern Israel” the day before.

Mr Mladenov’s statement came amid the latest surge in violence this week, in which Hamas fired over 150 rockets at Israel.

In turn, Israel carried out over 140 air strikes in the Gaza Strip.

Mr Mladenov said that for months, he has warned the “humanitarian, security and political crisis in Gaza risks a devastating conflict that nobody wants”.

He added that “if the current escalation however is not contained immediately, the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people”.

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