United Nations official urges 'political process' amid Gaza reconstruction

A group of people on the grass holding Israeli flags

The recent war saw Israel unleash hundreds of airstrikes across Gaza at what it said were Hamas militant targets.

The barrage occurred following days of clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police at Al-Aqsa Mosque. "And I send my honest condolences to all the families, Israeli and Palestinian who have lost loved ones and my hope for a full recovery for the wounded", Biden said.

Israeli police denied there was any age restriction and said they arrested five suspects who "violated the public order".

Israeli has been criticized for its reflexive use of lethal force and "extrajudicial killings" when Palestinian alleged attackers no longer pose an immediate threat.

On Sunday, Jewish visitors entered the Al-Aqsa compound for the first time in about three weeks.

As thousands of Gazans slowly tried to piece back together their lives, top United Nations staff visited the territory after an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire Friday halted 11 days of mutual bombardment, where they warned of the deep psychological trauma of the violence. The Israeli government has repeatedly said it has no intention of changing the status quo, under which the Waqf oversees the site under Jordanian custodianship.

The clashes prompted Hamas to launch rockets from Gaza towards Israel on May 10, and Israel responded with air strikes.


There is controversy about how many of those killed in Gaza were combatants, and how many were civilians.

The Israeli strikes leveled a number of large buildings in the impoverished coastal territory, which is home to more than 2 million Palestinians.

The delegates have since been shuttling between Israel and Gaza, and on Saturday met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, an aide to the Palestinian leader said.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Friday that an estimated 7,00,000 Palestinians are affected by damage to power and electricity infrastructure, with the water supply decreased by 40%.

Authorities on Saturday started distributing tents and mattresses in the Gaza Strip, as OCHA said at least 6,000 people had been made homeless by the bombardment.

The war also may have left hundreds of unexploded munitions across the territory, the ICRC said.

Palestinian presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina warned that the Israeli visits could "sabotage" the Gaza ceasefire, Palestinian news agency Wafa reported. Work began outside a skyscraper flattened by Israeli fighters in the early days of the airstrikes in Gaza, with workers loading donkey carts and small pickup trucks with rubble.

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