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Fri 24 May 2024 9:51 pm - Jerusalem Time

The Security Council votes in favor of a resolution condemning attacks on humanitarian workers in conflict areas

Today, Friday, the UN Security Council voted in favor of a resolution condemning attacks on United Nations employees and humanitarian workers in conflict areas.


The resolution, which was put forward by Switzerland and which 14 countries voted in favor of, with one abstention, expresses the deep concern of the members of the Security Council about the increasing number of attacks and threats against United Nations staff and humanitarian workers, in addition to the continuing neglect and violations of international humanitarian law against them.


The resolution calls on all states to respect and protect humanitarian workers and the United Nations as required by international law, and demands respect for international humanitarian law and the obligations of states and parties under the Geneva Conventions.


The resolution urges respect for the principles of distinction, proportionality and caution in the conduct of hostilities and to refrain from attacking, destroying, removing or rendering useless objects indispensable to the survival of civilians.


Commenting on this resolution, the Permanent Representative of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, Ambassador Riyad Mansour, said that the Security Council adopted a resolution that can be described as mainly targeting the barbaric behavior of the Israeli occupation authority in the Gaza Strip.


He stated that the resolution calls in more than one paragraph to stop the aggression, protect civilians, international employees and United Nations workers, hold accountable and prevent incitement to violence and genocide by Israeli officials.


He added: "Another decision that Israel must adhere to in protecting civilians and international personnel, providing all the necessities of life to the citizens of the Gaza Strip in sufficient volume and with the required speed, and to a ceasefire to protect civilians and save innocent lives."


Ambassador Mansour thanked Switzerland, which submitted the draft resolution, and all the countries that adopted it within the Security Council, noting that it calls for respect for international law and international humanitarian law.


The United Nations said that the number of humanitarian relief workers killed by Israeli occupation fire had reached 196 in the occupied Palestinian territories since October 7.

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