Human rights expert at the United Nations Named Hamas called for a ceasefire between Hamas and Israeli forces on Saturday, warning of mass ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.
“The situation in the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel has reached a fever pitch,” Francesca Albanese, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, said in a press statement.
Albanese said: “The United Nations and its member states must intensify efforts to broker an immediate ceasefire between the two parties, before we reach the point of no return.” “The international community has a responsibility to prevent and protect populations from atrocity crimes. Accountability for international crimes committed by the Israeli occupation forces and Hamas must also be pursued immediately.
The statement stated that more than 1,900 Palestinians have been martyred since last Saturday, “including at least 600 children.” She also said that more than 423,000 people “were displaced as a result of Israeli strikes.”
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The release comes a day after Israel issued an order for about one million Palestinians in northern Gaza to evacuate to the southern part of the Strip. The United Nations warned that the movement of such a large number of people within 24 hours would be disastrous. The area is also facing power outages, and Israel has said it will not allow supplies into the area unless hostages held by Hamas in Gaza are released.
“There is a great danger that what we are witnessing may be a repeat of the 1948 Nakba and the 1967 Nakba, but on a larger scale. “The international community must do everything to prevent this from happening again,” Albanese said.
The Nakba, according to the statement, is “the term given to the events of 1947-1949 when more than 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes and lands during the hostilities that led to the establishment of the State of Israel.” The statement said that the setback, a similar event that occurred in 1967, “led to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip” and “the displacement of 350,000 Palestinians.”
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