Egypt calls on UNSC to protect Palestinians after Israeli massacre of civilians at aid point in north Gaza

Ahram Online , Thursday 29 Feb 2024

Egypt strongly condemned the inhumane Israeli targeting of a crowd of defenceless Palestinian civilians who were waiting for the arrival of humanitarian aid trucks at the Nabulsi roundabout in northern Gaza, which killed and injured hundreds of Palestinians.

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Early Thursday, at least 112 people were killed and more than 760 injured after Israeli jetfighters and tanks opened fire on civilians gathered at an aid distribution point in the Palestinian territory.

The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the targeting of peaceful citizens rushing to collect their share of humanitarian aid was a shameful crime, a clear violation of the provisions of international law and international humanitarian law, and a disregard for the value of the human being and the sanctity of his soul. 

The ministry further called on the major international parties, and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), especially the member states impeding the council’s ability to stipulate a ceasefire, to bear their humanitarian, moral and legal responsibility for halting the Israeli war against the Gaza Strip.

It also urged the UNSC member States to provide protection for the Palestinian people and pressure Israel into complying with the provisions of international law and assuming its responsibilities as the occupying power, as well as hold the perpetrators of these violations accountable.

In addition, Egypt reiterated and recalled its steadfast stance demanding an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, the necessity of removing all obstructions that prevent the full and sustainable flow of humanitarian and relief aid into the Strip, and rejecting any attempts targeting the displacement of Palestinians outside their territories.

The Palestinian health ministry in Gaza says nearly 30,000 Palestinians have been killed and over 70,000 injured since the start of the war, two-thirds of them women and children.​

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