UN Security Council calls for an unconditional ceasefire in Gaza

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 8:58:18 by
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The Security Council of the UN has called Monday for Israelis and Palestinians a “humanitarian ceasefire immediately and unconditionally ” that extends beyond the Muslim holiday of Eid al Fitr, which starts Monday. The highest decision making body of the United Nations, in a statement agreed by all its members, has also called on the parties to work toward an agreement to stop the violence permanently based in the peace proposal put forward by Egypt.

In the field, the hostilities in Gaza have subsided, as highlighted various media and news agencies. The Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot reported Monday that deployed troops have been ordered not to carry out offensive operations, but they can defend any attack and continue the destruction of more than thirty tunnels that Hamas has built in recent years between Gaza and Israel. The Islamist movement Hamas, which governs Gaza since 2007, said on Sunday that Palestinian militias respect a truce 24 hours after one in the afternoon on Monday to mark the start of Eid al Fitr.

In an interview with U.S. network CBS, the Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal, said his group is ready for coexistence with ” Jews, Christians, Arabs and non – Arabs” but ruled out ” coexist with the occupants,” says Carmen Rengel.

On Monday morning, a Palestinian rocket impacted in the Israeli city of Ashkelon, causing no casualties, and the Israeli army has fired at ” the origin of the launch ” in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza, reports the Army. Except this last exception, there has not been any significant attack from ten in the Spanish peninsular time on Sunday night highlights France Presse.

The text of the United Nations calls for ” the immediate provision of humanitarian aid to the Palestinian civilian population ” is permitted, and calls on all parties to respect international humanitarian law and protect civilians. More than a thousand Palestinians have been killed after three weeks of the start of the Israeli operation ‘ Margin Protector ‘, while the number of injured exceeds 6,200. About 80 % of victims are civilians, according to data provided by the United Nations. Moreover, two Israeli soldiers and 43 civilians have been killed and a civilian of Thai nationality. The death of all Israeli soldiers occurred after Israel decided to start ground operations in Gaza on July 17.

The statement stresses that ” protected civilians and humanitarian facilities, including the UN, should be respected and ” after last week 17 people were killed in the shelling of a UN school in the town of Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza. The Israeli army claimed that his research concluded that particparon troops in combat with ” militia Hamas, which operated in a zone adjacent to the school ” and states that “one erratic mortar landed in the schoolyard UNRWA [ Agency United Nations for Palestine Refugees ], which was completely empty. “

In the longer term, the Security Council called upon the parties to work towards a ” durable ceasefire and fully respected, based on the Egyptian initiative,” and recalls the need to achieve a two-state solution.

After unsuccessful attempts by the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, to achieve, on their journey to the Middle East, a permanent cease- fire between Israel and Hamas, President Barack Obama said Sunday by telephone to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the ” strategic imperative ” to establish an “immediate and unconditional” humanitarian truce to end hostilities and cross leading to a permanent ceasefire agreement based on November 2012, Joan Faus reports from Washington.

To consider Hamas a terrorist group, the U.S. has refused to negotiate directly with the organization that controls the Gaza Strip and seeks a solution to this crisis from the mediation of third countries, such as Egypt.

According to a statement from the White House, Obama returned to support the right of Israel to defend and criticize Hamas attacks, but he told Netanyahu the “serious and growing concern ” by the U.S. increased deaths of Palestinian civilians and Israeli, and the ” deteriorating ” humanitarian situation in Gaza. In previous calls and public statements, Bush had not expressed in similar terms.

Obama also stressed the importance of ensuring the security of Israel, but in turn that the Palestinian population in Gaza may have “normal lives” and that “development ” of the strip are resolved. Finally, he told Netanyahu that any ” lasting solution” to the Israeli -Palestinian conflict over “must ensure the disarmament of terrorist groups and the demilitarization of Gaza.”

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