Axios news website reported that 17 Democratic members of the US Senate sent a letter to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken urging him to pressure Israel to allow the entry of materials for reconstruction and humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip.
The signatories also called for the return of US funding for humanitarian efforts in Gaza to levels prior to former Republican President Donald Trump.
They also urged the administration to appoint an ambassador to Israel, a consul general in Jerusalem to coordinate with the Palestinians, and a head of the USAID mission.
The representative of the European Union in Palestine, Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff, said that “the European Union does not set conditions for the reconstruction of Gaza, but it calls for important steps, including the unification of the Palestinian leadership and the lifting of the Israeli siege.”
And he indicated that reconstruction also requires – according to the vision of the European Union – lifting the siege on Gaza so that people can move freely, and also to ensure freedom of trade.
He stressed the need to find a political solution not only in Gaza, but in all the Palestinian territories.