UNSC calls for immediate, safe aid delivery in Gaza


Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau
UN Security Council on Saturday has underscored the need to protect civilians in Gaza in the wake of the deadly incident at an aid convoy on Thursday, in a statement issued in New York.

Council members expressed their deep concern over reports that “more than 100 individuals lost their lives, with several hundred others sustaining injuries, including gunshot wounds in an incident involved Israeli forces at a large gathering surrounding a humanitarian assistance convoy southwest of Gaza City.”

They noted that an Israeli investigation is underway, the statement said.

Council stressed the need to take all necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, adding that all parties to conflicts must comply with their obligations under international law, it said.

It urged all parties to refrain from depriving civilians in Gaza of basic services and humanitarian assistance.

Council expressed grave concern that the entire population, more than two million people, could face alarming levels of acute food insecurity, the statement said.

The statement reiterated that members called all parties “to allow, facilitate, and enable the immediate, rapid, safe, sustained and unhindered delivery of humanitarian assistance at scale to the Palestinian civilian population throughout the Gaza Strip”.

They urged Israel to keep border crossings open for humanitarian aid to enter Gaza, to facilitate the opening of additional crossings to meet humanitarian needs at scale, and to support the rapid and safe delivery of relief items to people across Gaza, it concluded.

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