EU’s envoy to Palestine Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff, who is visiting the besieged Gaza City for the first time since the ceasefire agreement with Israel, says the bloc would do its best to address people’s humanitarian needs.
The reconstruction of Gaza needs several steps, including a unified Palestinian government and the lifting of the 15-year-old Israeli blockade, an EU representative said.
“These steps are not European Union conditions to the reconstruction [of Gaza], but a logical path to start this process,” EU representative in Palestine Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff said at a news conference in Gaza on Tuesday.
Burgsdorff stressed conducting “democratic elections in Palestine.”
He hailed Egyptian efforts to enable Gaza residents to live in stability and peace, as Egypt led efforts to solidify a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza.
A trail of destruction
Burgsdorff reiterated that the EU previously announced an initial grant of $40 million (€34 million) to support Gaza.
An Egyptian-brokered truce that took effect May 21 ended Israel’s 11-day bombardment of Gaza.
Israeli attacks in Gaza and the West Bank killed at least 289 people, including women and children, and left a trail of destruction.
Health centres and media offices, as well as schools, were among structures that were targeted.