UN Concerned over Mounting Tension in Area

JERUSALEM, April 3, 2013 (WAFA) – United Nations Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, Wednesday expressed concern over mounting tension in the region following death of Palestinian prisoner Maysara Abu Hamdiya and rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel.

Serry said in a statement that he is “worried about the volatile situation on the ground, as exemplified by renewed firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel yesterday and this morning, and continued tensions over unresolved prisoner issues.”

He said, “It is of paramount importance to refrain from violence in this tense atmosphere and for parties to work constructively in addressing the underlying issues.”

The UN official warned that “the renewed violations of the ceasefire risk undermining the ‘understanding’ reached between Israel and Gaza on 21 November, and unraveling the gradual but tangible improvements achieved since then in the easing of the closure and the security situation in Gaza and southern Israel.”

Source: WAFA News