United Nations deputy chief calls for peace in Gaza

18 May, 2018, 15:00 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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Earlier this week, Kuwait's UN Ambassador Mansour Otaibi said he would call for a multilateral force to be deployed in Gaza for the "protection of Palestinian civilians", though he added "we're not talking about peacekeeping".

The session will consider a resolution calling for an "independent, worldwide commission of inquiry".

To observe solidarity with the Palestinians, who are targeted by the Israeli soldiers at the Gaza Strip, Pakistan is set to observe Palestine Solidarity Day on Friday, according to a statement by Pakistan's Prime Minister Office (PMO).

The Arab League also called for an worldwide investigation into the killings at an emergency meeting in Cairo on Thursday.

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Palestinian officials call it a massacre of protesters demonstrating against a decade-long blockade; Israel says it was defending its border against a militant-fueled mob.

The draft expresses "grave concern at the escalation of violence and tensions and the deterioration of the situation" in Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem, since March 30 - and at the loss of civilian lives and high casualties.

The U.S. has used its veto power 43 times against United Nations resolutions concerning Israel.

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Russian Federation has also expressed its concerns over the escalation in the Gaza Strip, urging all parties to exercise restraint and reaffirming its adherence to a two-state solution, while European nations, such as Germany and France, have condemned the violence by Israel, with French President Emmanuel Macron reiterating his opposition to the transfer of the U.S. diplomatic premises to Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, Kuwait is urging the Security Council to condemn Israel's use of force against Palestinian civilians "in the strongest terms", especially in the Gaza Strip, and to deploy and global force to protect civilians.

It brings together Palestinian, Israeli and global experts, as well as representatives of the diplomatic community and civil society, to discuss how a lasting settlement can be brought about. Palestinians were protesting against the tyranny of Israel and this action. "End the occupation, and the violence and insecurity will largely disappear".

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