PA asks UNRWA to help supply Gaza with power

UNRWA said it is ready to cooperate on reconstruction of the devastated Gaza Strip.

PA asks UNRWA to help supply Gaza with power

World Bulletin / News Desk

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah on Monday urged the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to help supply the embattled Gaza Strip with power.

"We are coordinating with international humanitarian institutions such as UNRWA to provide medical, food and water relief," Hamdallah said during a meeting with UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl.

They discussed providing the blockaded Gaza Strip, which has been reeling under unrelenting Israeli attacks for nearly a month, with electricity after Israel had bombed the enclave's sole power plant.

"International vessels can aid in solving the power and water outages and in treating the wounded," Hamdallah said.

He added that the Palestinian Authority (PA) was working to provide all necessities for the Gaza Strip.

"The PA is working to provide all necessities during the ongoing brutal Israeli attacks," Hamdallah said.

He urged the international community to compel Israel to halt its "brutal aggression" on the coastal enclave.

Krahenbuhl, for his part, said UNRWA is ready to cooperate with the Palestinian government to start the reconstruction of the devastated Gaza Strip.

Israel has been pounding the besieged enclave – home to 1.8 million people – since July 7.

At least 1837 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed and 9450 wounded in unrelenting Israeli attacks since then.

The Israeli army has confirmed that 64 troops had been killed and 400 others injured in the ongoing Gaza military operation.

Gaza-based resistance factions, meanwhile, have continued to fire rockets at Israeli cities, killing three civilians.

The offensive – codenamed "Operation Protective Edge," is the self-proclaimed Jewish state's third major offensive against the densely-populate Gaza Strip within the last six years.

Britain and France condemn Gaza UN school air strikes

“We obviously do think it is appalling the loss of life that there has been,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday regarding Israeli strikes which hit a U.N. run school in Gaza.

In an interview with BBC, Cameron said the government had been "very clear that there needs to be an immediate comprehensive humanitarian ceasefire, that we want this conflict to stop."

Asked whether he regarded the attack as a ‘criminal act’, Cameron said: “The UN has spoken very clearly and I think they are right to speak very clearly.”

“I'm not an international lawyer, so that's up to international lawyers. But international law is very, very clear that the use of force always has to be proportionate and civilians should not be targeted,” he continued.

Meanwhile, France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has described the “killing of children and slaughter of civilians” as unjustifiable.

“How many more deaths will it take to stop what must be called the carnage in Gaza? The tradition of friendship between Israel and France is an old one and Israel’s right to security is total, but this right does not justify the killing of children and the slaughter of civilians,” he said in a statement.

At least 10 Palestinians were killed and 50 injured on Sunday when Israeli artillery shelled the Anas al-Wazir school managed by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.

Sunday’s attack in Rafah town in southern Gaza is the latest in a series of incidents at UN schools and facilities that are being used as makeshift shelters for Gaza’s displaced civilians.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Ağustos 2014, 22:07