Quartet Urges Gaza Reconstruction

BRUSSELS (Reuters) -

Envoys from the Quartet of Middle East peace mediators are saying it is urgent to improve the “dire humanitarian situation” in Gaza, heavily damaged in last year’s war between Israel and Hamas.

Envoys from the Quartet — the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia — met in Brussels on Monday to discuss prospects for reviving the Middle East peace process, noting that it was important to engage closely with Arab partners in attempts to do so.

The Quartet envoys “also underscored the urgency of improving the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza and agreed that every effort should be made to encourage the fulfilment of pledges of assistance of over $5 billion made at the Cairo Conference on the reconstruction of Gaza in October last year,” a statement issued after the talks said.