UN calls for “full ceasefire” as life resumes in Gaza

UN calls for “full ceasefire” as life resumes in Gaza

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) called for “full adherence to the ceasefire” between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in its first statement since violence erupted on May 10.
Saturday’s statement, endorsed by the 15-member UNSC, said it “mourns the loss of civilian lives resulting from the violence” and “underscored the immediate need for humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian civilian population, especially in Gaza ”.

The 11-day Israeli bombardment of Gaza killed at least 248 people, including 66 children, and more than 1,900 people were injured.

At least 12 people in Israel have been killed by rocket fire from Gaza.

The statement added that there was an urgent need to restore calm and “reiterated the importance of achieving a comprehensive peace based on the vision of a region where two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace. with secure and recognized borders ”.

Palestinians return to their homes destroyed following the ceasefire announcement on Friday, in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, May 21, 2021 [Mohammed Salem/REUTERS]

The United States, Israel’s closest ally, had previously blocked four proposed Council statements calling for a ceasefire that all other members supported, saying it could interfere with the efforts of the country’s administration. President Joe Biden to end Israel’s military campaign.

On Saturday, Qatar vowed to work with other Arab and Muslim countries to help stop Israel’s attacks on Palestinians, while the Mauritanian parliament urged the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israeli officials for “genocide” for his military campaign in Gaza.

Meanwhile, Palestinians in Gaza took to the streets to hail the ceasefire, continuing the trend of Friday when the fighting ended.

Hundreds of Hamas fighters dressed in military camouflage marched past the mourning tent of Bassem Issa, a senior commander killed in the fighting.

Hamas leader in Gaza Yehiyeh Sinwar paid tribute in his first public appearance since the fighting began earlier this month.

Israel shelled Sinwar’s home, along with that of other senior Hamas officials, as part of its attack on what it said was the group’s military infrastructure.

Events around the world

Pro-Palestinian solidarity marches took place on Saturday as a follow-up to the week-long protests, with protesters demanding that their respective governments impose sanctions and a military embargo to cut off the supply of arms to Israel.

Protests were held in Berlin, Melbourne, London and Paris, while more were scheduled for the weekend in other major cities, including New York.

“I am so proud that we have come together for something so important,” Amal Nagvi, who competed in the London rally, told Al Jazeera.

“A lot of people think it doesn’t matter… they think we’re just walking and screaming. But things have changed and we are just not going to stop until this change takes place and we have a free Palestine.

Pro-Palestinian protesters attend a protest following an outbreak of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in London, UK, May 22, 2021 [Toby Melville/Reuters]

Thousands of people also gathered in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, calling for coexistence between Jews and Arabs.

The protest was one of many demonstrations organized across Israel to call for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Protesters marched through the city and then gathered in central Habima Square to hear politicians and artists.

“This is one of the rare cases where you will see Israelis speak out against the occupation,” Hoda Abdel-Hamid of Al Jazeera said in Tel Aviv.

The rally was organized mostly by leftist groups and Israeli-Palestinian parties, with protesters holding a sign saying “Peace now,” she said.


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