February 21, 2024

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UN to provide humanitarian aid to Gaza The Security Council passed a resolution

UN to provide humanitarian aid to Gaza  The Security Council passed a resolution
UN Security Council approves resolution encouraging humanitarian aid to Gaza (Europe Press)

He UN The resolution was approved on Friday Increase shipping traffic Humanitarian aid to Gaza. After a week of negotiations, the members finally gave their green light to the motion put forward by the United Arab Emirates. The text, however, had to be rewritten several times due to references America, the body has veto power, but abstained from voting along with Russia. That's why it was approved with 13 out of 15 votes.

The initiative calls for the appointment of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres A special coordinator Monitor and verify “massive” aid to the Palestinian Territory, which is facing a severe humanitarian crisis due to the war between Israel and Hamas. The plan should be prepared and presented in the next twenty days.

However, Tel Aviv will maintain full control of supplies to the Strip, which are checked at the Rafah and Kerem Shalom border crossings, as UN exclusivity was requested in an earlier text but this was changed. “For security reasons, Israel will continue to review all humanitarian aid to Gaza,” Foreign Minister Eli Cohen said.

Thus, the text “asks Emergency measures To promptly implement safe, unfettered and expanded humanitarian access, and Creating conditions for a sustainable cessation of hostilities”. It also demands that all parties involved in the mission “allow and facilitate the use of all routes throughout the Gaza Strip, including border crossings.”

All parties must agree on the text of “urgent measures to immediately allow safe, unimpeded and expanded humanitarian access and to create the conditions for a sustainable cessation of hostilities” (Europe Press).

The news came after several delays and postponements due to discussions among member states, which remain committed to supporting Israel and oppose a full ceasefire. His terrorist activities.

However, the US ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfielddescribed the resolution as A “Big Forward” To help the hundreds of thousands of civilians affected by the intersection. “This congregation has provided a ray of hope in the midst of a sea of ​​sorrow,” he said.

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RussiaA second country to abstain from participating in the vote took aim at Washington, accusing it of “employing its favorite tactic…arms twisting”. character “useless”. For his part, the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, the country responsible for making the proposal, said it was a move to “respond with measures to the dire situation” of the Palestinian people.

After many objections, Linda Thomas-Greenfield hailed the resolution as a “ray of hope” amid the crisis in Gaza (REUTERS)

“We know This is not the right speech… We will never tire of hearing a humanitarian ceasefire. But if we don't take drastic measures, there will be famine in Gaza,” Lana Zaki Nusaybe added.

Guterres also stressed the urgent need to stop attacks on the Strip as the Israeli offensive is the “real problem creating massive obstacles”. “That's the real problem The way Israel conducts its offensive creates massive obstacles In the distribution of humanitarian aid to Gaza. “A humanitarian ceasefire is the only way to meet the desperate needs of the people in Gaza and end this nightmare,” he declared at the end of the meeting.

(With information from AFP, AP and EFE)