UN envoy backs ceasefire, will visit Islamic Jihad prisoners

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

The UN envoy charged with reaching peace in the Middle East says the world body has been “intensively engaged” in helping Israel and Islamic Jihad reach an Egypt-brokered ceasefire.

As part of the ceasefire negotiations, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland agreed that a UN team will visit both PIJ prisoners Bassam al-Saadi and the hunger striking Khalil al-Awawda, a senior Middle East diplomat tells The Times of Israel

“We underscore our commitment to do all we can towards ending the ongoing escalation, ensuring the safety and security of the civilian population, and following-up on the Palestinian prisoners file,” Wennesland says in a statement. “I will continue to work with all relevant parties to de-escalate the situation urgently.”

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