European Union: new escalation in the Gaza Strip threatens to blow up the peace process in the region

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — In a statement, the European Union warned of the escalation of the recent wave of violence between Israel and the Gaza Strip, which would undermine the peace process in the region.

“The new escalation threatens to waste all efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinians, who have already paid a heavy price to exacerbate the conflict,” the EU’s diplomatic body said in a statement on Sunday.

The latest escalation “puts more at risk the long-term solutions that will require the return of the Palestinian Authority to Gaza, credible security guarantees for Israel and lifting restrictions on movement in the area,” the statement added.

The Union also confirmed its support for the efforts of Egypt and the United Nations to reduce tension, declaring its readiness to send additional assistance to the region. The European Union also called on the Palestinian factions “to immediately stop firing indiscriminate rockets into Israel,” but did not comment on the strikes by the Jewish state on the Gaza Strip.

According to the Israeli side, his raids on the Gaza Strip since Saturday morning targeted about 300 military targets, mostly tunnels and workshops for the manufacture of weapons and warehouses, as well as buildings used as firing sites. Israel said Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants fired more than 600 rockets into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip, killing four of its citizens, according to the latest toll.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported on Sunday that the number of people killed by Israeli shelling among the citizens of the Gaza Strip rose to 25.

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