- UN Envoy Says ‘Last Chance’ to Prevent All-Out War in Gaza
Despite ceasefire, Nickolay Mladenov warns risk of another Israel-Hamas war ‘remains imminent’; Qatari envoy arrives to distribute cash to help cement latest truce.
The UN envoy to the Mideast warned Monday that it was the “last chance” to prevent an all-out conflict between Israel and armed terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip. Inaugurating a solar power generator for a Gaza hospital, Nickolay Mladenov said a fresh conflict between the two sides could still break out, a week after a ceasefire between Israel and the Strip’s Hamas rulers ended the most intense fighting since the 2014 war.
“The risk of war remains imminent and today we have perhaps the last chance to consolidate the agreements that have been reached,” he said. Mladenov told reporters “the next escalation is going to be probably the last one” before the sides descend into a full-fledged war, referring to a series of increasingly violent rounds of fighting that have broken out on the Gaza frontier in the last year.