Israel Reopens Gaza's Border Crossings to Alleviate Humanitarian Suffering

2018 Eurovision winner Netta Barzilai whose victory brought the contest to Israel this year

Nikolay Mladenov said on Monday that the "risk of war remains imminent", a week after a cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers ended the worst fighting since a 2014 war.

He called the council's "obsessive" focus on Israeli settlements a "farce", saying settlements aren't hindering peace, and said the council should condemn Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad for firing hundreds of rockets into Israel from Gaza.

He said he had seen welcome steps by Israel in the wake of the latest uptick, such as extending the Gaza fishing zone and reopening border crossings. The army struck dozens of targets in Gaza in response to the rocket fire.

"Last week's escalation of violence, during raids on Gaza, killing 25 Palestinians, and four Israelis, is both distressing and unsafe - and a reminder of the risk that full-scale conflict can return at any time", Corbyn also said.

According to official data, in the 1948 war, Israel was responsible for the displacement of almost 800,000 Palestinians. It also comes as Donald Trump is about to unveil his "new deal" which would effectively hand over the rest of the Palestinian Occupied territories to Israel.

For his part, the United Nations Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Nickolay Mladenov, said that the United Nations has worked to alleviate the suffering experienced by the people of Gaza, to allow them to live a better life under the siege.

More than 200 Palestinians and an Israeli soldier have been killed during the yearlong marches.

Hamas accuses Israel of not honoring an Egypt-brokered deal that many hoped would lead to Israel scaling back the blockade, which was imposed in 2007.

A Palestinian man reads verses of the Quran at Al Omari mosque in Gaza City.

The Nakba, which means catastrophe, for the Palestinian people is marked on May 15 each year, in memory of the forcible transfer of two thirds of the Palestinians and ethnic cleansing of at least 418 villages as a result of the 1948 war. The ridiculous situation of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Tel Aviv is grotesque and people should boycott it, have nothing to do with it.

Israel and Hamas have fought three large-scale wars since 2008.

But critics say it amounts to collective punishment of Gaza's two million residents.



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