European Union Heads of Mission and representatives visited Gaza and met with Palestinian Authority officials, visited the two main crossings in Gaza, Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) and Rafah.
They visited EU-funded projects, met with Palestinian Authority officials, representatives of civil society, human rights defenders, political analysts, women and youth activists, representatives of the private sector and international organisations (UNRWA and UN Agencies).
The group of more than 20 European diplomats started the visit by joining the children from Gaza to celebrate the 75th anniversary of UNICEF. Children and diplomats painted murals on the walls of the Gaza Desalination Plant, one of the key EU projects in Gaza.
“Gaza remains a priority for the EU and its Member States. The humanitarian situation is still of great concern and affects all aspects of life for the population in Gaza. Gaza continues to face fundamental political, economic and social challenges that have been left unaddressed for far too long. The continued closure of the Gaza Strip and the prevailing political and geographical Palestinian division make an effective recovery and sustainable development of Gaza impossible“, said the European Union Representative Sven Kühn von Burgsdorff.