UN middle east envoy urges Palestine factions to reconcile

United Nations, Nov 20 (UNI) The UN’s envoy for Middle East peace urged Palestinian factions Monday to immediately put aside their differences and reconcile following the latest episode of violence between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council “The latest outbreak of violence came just as the United Nations and its partners were intensifying efforts to alleviate Gaza’s deepening humanitarian and economic crises, and, critically, to provide space for ongoing Egyptian-led efforts to advance intra-Palestinian reconciliation, Anadolu Agency reported.

“This is essential to ending the occupation and resolving the wider political conflict,” he added.

Successive efforts to bring an end to the deep divide between Hamas and the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority have failed for more than a decade as Mladenov warned “the clock on intra-Palestinian reconciliation is ticking”.

“I urge all parties to not waste time and engage in earnest and achieve visible progress in the coming six months,” he said. “If any side fails, every side fails.”

Earlier this week, according to Israeli military, Palestinian militants fired 460 rockets and mortars into Israel.In retalliation to it, the Israeli forces carried out airstrikes on 160 targets in Gaza.

Seven Palestinians, including five militants, were killed, and 26 people were wounded. In Israel, a 48-year-old Palestinian laborer was killed in a rocket strike on an apartment building where he was staying. Nearly 30 people were wounded.

Relations soured between Hamas and Fatah following the former’s victory in 2006’s parliamentary elections. Palestinian infighting in the Gaza Strip a year later led to Fatah officials being ousted from the coastal enclave.

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