- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 27, 2019

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Mideast envoy is warning of increased violence in the West Bank and Gaza “and the threat of a regional escalation.”

Nickolay Mladenov pointed to an increase of violent incidents in the past month, including West Bank settler-related violence and continuing tensions in and around Gaza.

He told the Security Council on Tuesday that violence is taking place “against the backdrop of the complete political deadlock of the Middle East peace process and the lack of any perspective to revive it.”

Mladenov said he and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres have repeatedly warned that lack of political will and leadership to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of a two-state solution coupled with unilateral acts, including settlement building extremist attacks, and other factors “create an explosive mix.”

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