UN envoy 'deeply concerned' by Gaza's growing tensions stemming from pay cuts | Pakistan News Digest

UN envoy ‘deeply concerned’ by Gaza’s growing tensions stemming from pay cuts

Gaza (IINA) � UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov on Saturday called for Palestinian unity amid concerns over local pay cuts.

I am deeply concerned by the growing tensions in Gaza, Mladenov said. While the Palestinian government needs to ensure its fiscal sustainability under increasingly difficult economic conditions, it is important that reforms or decisions to reduce expenditures are fairly distributed and made with consideration to the harsh conditions under which people in Gaza live, he noted.

According to UN News, Mladenov urged the responsible parties to work together to find a solution and called on all factions to allow the Palestinian government to assume its responsibility in Gaza.

Calling Gaza an integral part of the future Palestinian state, he said that no efforts should be spared to bring about real national reconciliation that ends the divide. Leaders have a responsibility to avoid escalation and bridge the growing divide between Gaza and the West Bank that further fragments the Palestinian people, he added.

The UN envoy's comments come as tens of thousands of people reportedly took to the streets in Gaza on Saturday, following 30 percent cuts to civil servants' salaries.

Source: International Islamic News Agency


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