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European envoys to meet in Paris amid Gaza crisis

European envoys to meet in Paris amid Gaza crisis

Mideast envoy Tony Blair is joining three top European diplomats at a meeting in Paris against the backdrop of fighting between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza.
The previously scheduled meeting has been billed as a follow-up to an aid conference in December 2007 that drummed up $7.7 billion over three years for Palestinians. But the Gaza violence threatens to overshadow that agenda.
The meeting Thursday includes the former British prime minister, foreign ministers Bernard Kouchner of France and Jonas Gahr Stoere of Norway, and EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner.
Medical officials in Gaza say about 1,100 Palestinians have been killed since Israel's offensive began Dec. 27 to stop Hamas rocket fire against Israeli towns.


Updated : 2021-08-03 15:59 GMT+08:00