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EU will support steps towards Palestinian unity, officials say

The European Union is ready to provide all the support necessary to help this process along.

The situation in Gaza is a priority for the European Union and officials there are happy to provide whatever help is needed to unite Palestinians to help improve it, officials visiting the enclave said earlier today.

EU Representative to the PA, Sven Kuehn von Burgsdorff, said: "The humanitarian situation is a source of great concern and affects all aspects of the lives of the people in Gaza. Gaza still faces fundamental political, economic and social challenges that have not been dealt with.

"The ongoing closure of the Gaza Strip and the prevailing Palestinian political and geographical division make effective recovery and sustainable development for Gaza impossible," he added at a press conference in the enclave.

"My message today revolves around the need to ease restrictions to improve the humanitarian and economic situation in Gaza, and my message to all Palestinians is to call for unity, reconciliation and democratic legitimacy."

The European Union is ready to provide all the support necessary to help this process along.

To mark the 75th year since the founding of UNICEF, 20 European Union (EU) diplomats arrived yesterday in the besieged Gaza Strip to assess the humanitarian situation.

They joined children to paint street art on the walls of the Gaza desalination plant, which has been funded by the EU.

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