UN official warns against Gaza's near collapse
(MENAFN)Gaza is one step away from "full collapse", a senior United Nations official on Tuesday said, warning the Palestinian coastal enclave of the Gaza Strip.
UN Middle East peace envoy Nickolay M ladenov said a key to saving Gaza from disaster was restoring the government of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to power there, a decade after it was forced out by the militant Islamist movement Hamas.
"Without that Gaza risks exploding in our face again, this time in a far more deadly and violent manner than in the past," Mladenov said at the annual conference of Israel's Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv.
Earlier this month, the White House withheld tens of millions of dollars in contributions to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.
"I often say publicly, in (UN) Security Council briefings and in other formats, that we are in the midst of a major humanitarian crisis," Mladenov said.
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