UN envoy says Israel should do more for Gaza

Nikolay Mladenov, the UN Middle East envoy, says there has been “good cooperation from Israel” with regard to the Gaza Strip crossings, but “much more needs to be done.”

There is “increasing helplessness in Gaza,” which is creating an “explosive situation,” he tells the Haaretz peace conference, adding that all parties are responsible for the current situation. The international community must increase its financial support for projects in the Palestinian enclave, and the Palestinian leadership needs to step up, he says.

Israel still needs to improve access for Gaza imports and exports, and support projects to address Gaza’s electricity shortages and water contamination, he says.

— Marissa Newman

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