Committee Chair Abdou Salam Diallo ( Senegal), referring to Israel’s launch of a “large-scale military operation” in the Gaza Strip last week, cited media reports stating that 94 Palestinians had been killed, including 50 civilians and many children.
He recalled that the Committee had issued a statement on Friday condemning the deadly attacks perpetrated by the Israeli military. It had demanded that Israel immediately and unconditionally end its military campaign in the Gaza Strip, because “nothing can justify this deadly military operation that Israel is carrying out, gravely endangering the Palestinian civilian population and spreading fear and trauma”.
Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine, said the Security Council must shoulder its responsibility for maintaining international peace and security by calling for an immediate end to the aggression. The Council was failing in that regard because it had not taken any action since having adopted the resolution aimed at halting Israel’s December 2008 assault on Gaza.