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Security Council Calls For ‘Full Adherence’ To Gaza Ceasefire, Focus On Two-State Solution


The UN Security
Council
on Saturday made it’s first statement on the
conflict that erupted between Israel and Palestinian armed
groups in Gaza, calling for a “full adherence to the
ceasefire” that brought 11 days of fighting to an end
early on Friday morning.

In a Press Statement, the
15-member peace and security body welcomed the announcement
of the ceasefire and gave recognition to the diplomatic
mediation efforts played by Egypt, other nations in the
region, the UN, the Middle East Quartet “and other
international partners”.

Human
toll

According to figures
released
by the UN humanitarian coordination office, OCHA, for the Occupied
Palestinian Territory and verified by the UN human rights
office (OHCHR),
there were 242 Palestinians killed overall since 10 May; 23
girls, 43 boys, 38 women and 138 men.

At least 230 of
the dead were seemingly killed by Israeli forces, although
OCHA reported that some of the Palestinian casualties in
Gaza may have resulted from rockets from their own side,
falling short.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza,
reported that 1,948 Palestinians had been injured, including
610 children, and nearly 400 women.

According to
Israeli sources, OCHA reported that 12 Israelis had been
killed by Palestinian rocket, or other fire – or when
running for shelter during strikes; five men, five women,
and two children; with around 710 injured.

Mourning
lives lost

In their statement, the members of the Security
Council
said they “mourned the loss of civilian lives,
resulting from the violence.”

Ambassadors also
stressed “the immediate need for humanitarian assistance
to the Palestinian civilian population, particularly in
Gaza”. On Friday, UN relief chief Mark Lowcock announced
that
$22.5 million was being allocated from emergency
funds for the humanitarian response.

Among the
civilian infrastructure impacted by Israeli bombardment were
53 schools damaged, along with 6 hospitals, 11 primary
healthcare centres, and the central COVID-19 testing
laboratory. More than 77,000 civilians in Gaza had to flee
their homes to seek protection.

Five out of 10 power
lines providing electricity from Israel were damaged,
decreasing power across the enclave by around 45 per cent. A
total of 258 buildings with homes and businesses were
destroyed, and nearly 770 further homes are no longer
inhabitable, said OCHA.

‘Robust’ support
package

The Council statement offered support for
Secretary General António Guterres’s call
for
the international community to work with the UN
“on developing an integrated, robust package of support
for a swift, sustainable reconstruction and
recovery.”

“The members of the Security Council
stressed the urgency of the restoration of calm in full and
reiterated the importance of achieving a comprehensive peace
based on the vision of a region where two democratic States,
Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace with secure
and recognized
borders.”

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