UN Secretary-General calls Israeli-Palestinian violence appalling, demands end – fr

UN Secretary-General calls Israeli-Palestinian violence appalling, demands end – fr

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony for fallen soldiers in the Israeli wars at the Yad Lebanonim House on the eve of Memorial Day in Jerusalem on April 13, 2021.
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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday called the violent conflict between Israel and militants in Gaza “utterly appalling” and called for an immediate ceasefire, amid the worst outbreak of fighting since years spanned seven days and took a heavy toll on civilians.
“This latest wave of violence only perpetuates cycles of death, destruction and despair, and pushes further on the horizon any hope of coexistence and peace,” Guterres said at a meeting of the Security Council. of ONU.

“The fighting must stop. They must stop immediately. Rockets and mortars on one side and aerial and artillery bombardments on the other must stop, ”he said. “I call on all parties to respond to this call. “

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that there would be no immediate end to the Israeli campaign against militant groups.

Israeli airstrikes killed at least 42 Palestinians, including 10 children, in Gaza early Sunday, Gaza health officials said, bringing the death toll in Gaza to at least 188 since the fighting began on Monday. In Israel, 10 people were killed in rocket attacks by Hamas and other militant groups.

“We will do whatever it takes to restore order. It will take time, ”Netanyahu said in an interview on CBS“ Face the Nation ”. “I hope it won’t take long. It is not immediate. “

A Palestinian mourns the bodies of a member of the Kawlak family, who was killed in an overnight Israeli airstrike on Gaza’s residential neighborhood of Rimal, during preparations for their burial in front of Al-Shifa Hospital on the 16th. May 2021.
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Israel and Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, both vowed to continue cross-border shooting after Israel targeted and destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed press offices. Hamas fired 120 rockets overnight in retaliation for the destruction of the al-Jalaa building, although many were intercepted.

“Our campaign against terrorist organizations continues with force,” Netanyahu said in a televised speech. “We are acting now, as long as necessary, to restore peace and quiet for you, citizens of Israel. “

Netanyahu argued that the Israelis had received information that the Gaza building housed Hamas military offices, but did not provide evidence. “It’s a perfectly legitimate target,” he said of the building, adding that the army had warned civilians to evacuate.

The PA condemned the attack and demanded that Israel provide evidence that the building housed Hamas offices. “We had no indication that Hamas was in the building or active in the building,” AP said in a statement.

People rescue injured child from debris as search and rescue work continues on debris of a building after Israeli army airstrikes hit buildings in the al-Rimal neighborhood of the Gaza City, Gaza, May 16, 2021.

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Guterres said the UN was actively engaging all parties in favor of an immediate ceasefire. “The fighting risks dragging Israelis and Palestinians into a spiral of violence with devastating consequences for both communities and the entire region,” Guterres said.

“It has the potential to trigger an unmanageable security and humanitarian crisis and further foster extremism, not only in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, but in the region as a whole, potentially creating a new locus of dangerous instability.” , did he declare.

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield did not call for a ceasefire on Sunday, but said the United States would offer support if the parties sought a ceasefire .

“The United States has made it clear that we are ready to lend our support and good offices if the parties seek a ceasefire, because we believe that Israelis and Palestinians also have the right to live in safety and security. security, ”Greenfield told the UN Security Council. Meet.

President Joe Biden held talks with Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday to discuss the escalating conflict. Biden’s envoy, Hady Amr, also arrived in Israel on Friday as part of the administration’s efforts to defuse the fighting.

An air bomb hits the Jala Tower in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City controlled by the Palestinian movement Hamas on May 15, 2021.

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The president reiterated his support for Israel’s right to self-defense against rocket attacks, but shared with Abbas concerns that “innocent civilians, including children, have tragically lost their lives in the midst of the violence continues ”, according to a reading of the call launched by the White House.

Biden also reaffirmed on Saturday a “strong commitment to a negotiated two-state solution as the best way to achieve a just and lasting resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” according to a reading of the call with Abbas.

But the fighting continues despite diplomatic efforts to end the conflict and prevent more civilian casualties.

Representative Adam Schiff, DC.A., chairman of the US Committee on Intelligence, called for a ceasefire in an interview Sunday morning on CBS.

“I think the administration needs to push Israel and the Palestinian Authority harder to stop the violence,” Schiff said.

– Reuters contributed to the reporting


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