The representative of the European Union in Palestine, Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorf, said, “The European Union does not set conditions for the reconstruction of Gaza, but calls for important steps, including the unification of the Palestinian leadership and the lifting of the Israeli blockade.”
The European official indicated in a press conference in front of the ruins of the Al-Jalaa Tower, which was destroyed by the Israeli occupation during the recent aggression on Gaza, that the Union is currently engaged in an urgent assessment of the damages inflicted on the Gaza Strip and will work to provide the necessary services.
And he indicated that reconstruction also requires, according to the European Union’s vision, the lifting of the siege on Gaza so that people can move freely, and also to ensure freedom of trade.
In this context, Burgsdorff called for the continuation of the implementation of the ceasefire agreement in Gaza, expressing his sympathy to the residents of the Gaza Strip for the victims of the recent aggression.
He also appreciated Egypt’s efforts to enable the people of Gaza to enjoy stability and peace.
He referred to the efforts made by the European Union and the United Nations to ensure the arrival of urgent aid to Gaza, with regard to accommodation and foodstuffs.
He pointed out that the union had previously announced a financial grant of 34 million euros to support the Gaza Strip as a first step.
Burgsdorff arrived in the Gaza Strip as part of a diplomatic delegation from the European Union for a short visit.
This visit comes in light of the continuation of talks to establish a ceasefire in Gaza between the Palestinian side and Israel, with Egyptian mediation.
At dawn on May 21, a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian resistance, mediated by Egypt, came into effect, after an 11-day military confrontation, during which Israel launched hundreds of air strikes and artillery shelling, which caused the death and injury of hundreds of Palestinians.