UN Security Council fails to agree on Israel-Hamas war as Gaza death toll passes 10,000 - GulfToday

UN Security Council fails to agree on Israel-Hamas war as Gaza death toll passes 10,000


Palestinians evacuate the site of Israeli strikes on houses in Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on Monday. Reuters

The UN Security Council on Monday failed again to agree on a resolution on the month-long Israel-Hamas war.

Despite more than two hours of closed-door discussions on Monday, differences remained. The US is calling for "humanitarian pauses” while many other council members are demanding a "humanitarian cease-fire” to deliver desperately needed aid and prevent more civilian deaths in Gaza.

"We talked about humanitarian pauses and we’re interested in pursuing language on that score,” US deputy ambassador Robert Wood told reporters after the meeting. "But there are disagreements within the council about whether that’s acceptable.”

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier Monday told reporters he wanted an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza and a halt to the "spiral of escalation” already taking place from the occupied West Bank, Lebanon and Syria to Iraq and Yemen.

Guterres said international humanitarian law, which demands protection of civilians and infrastructure essential for their lives, is clearly being violated and stressed that "no party to an armed conflict is above” these laws. He called for the immediate unconditional release of the hostages Hamas took from Israel to Gaza in its Oct. 7 attack.

Palestinians carry the body of a dead child who was found under the rubble after Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. AP

China, which holds the Security Council presidency this month, and the United Arab Emirates, the Arab representative on the council, called Monday’s meeting because of the "crisis of humanity” in Gaza, where more than 10,000 civilians have been killed in less than a month.

UAE Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh said all 15 council members "are fully engaged” and efforts will continue to try to narrow the gaps and reach agreement on a resolution.

Associated Press



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