Thursday, 18 September 2014

Quartet: Delay in Gaza rebuilding could threaten truce


The Middle East Quartet of peacemakers on Wednesday joined calls for a quick start to the rebuilding of war-ravaged Gaza before the current truce with Israel ends in renewed violence.

"The precarious situation in Gaza and southern Israel, the danger that violence could flare up again at any point, are precisely the reason to move as quickly as possible on the short-term and long-term recovery efforts," Quartet envoy Tony Blair wrote in remarks published by his office ahead of a meeting on international aid to the Palestinians.

Blair said that aid to the coastal strip should go beyond just repairing the devastation wrought by Israel's 50-day offensive. more

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