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Deep Concern: UNSC Over Tragic Events Surrounding Gaza Aid Convoy

Expressing grave concern over the potential acute food insecurity for all 2.2 million people in Gaza, the council calls for immediate, sustained, and unhindered humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian civilian population.

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Mar 3, 2024 07:07 IST
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Israel Hamas Conflict: Deep Concern: UNSC On Gaza Aid Incident
Israel Hamas Conflict: Deep Concern: UNSC On Gaza Aid Incident

Israel Hamas Conflict: In a recent development, the United Nations Security Council has conveyed its profound apprehension regarding the unfortunate incident surrounding a Gaza aid convoy. The council issued a statement urging all involved parties to refrain from depriving the civilian population in the Gaza Strip of essential services and humanitarian aid. They emphasized the urgent need to enhance the delivery of assistance to this war-torn territory.

UNSC members also expressed ‘deep concern’ on Thursday, over 100 individuals in Gaza reportedly lost their lives during a chaotic rush on an aid convoy in Gaza City.

According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Israeli troops fired at individuals endangering soldiers, asserting that most casualties occurred due to a crowd crush or being run over by trucks amid the chaos.

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Hamas, however, holds the IDF responsible for at least 115 deaths, with over 700 reported injuries. The IDF countered, stating that fewer than 10 casualties resulted from Israeli fire. The military released additional details, claiming soldiers fired warning shots and attempted to mitigate the chaos caused by people looting the aid convoy that entered northern Gaza.

Israel has committed to investigating the tragic incident, bringing renewed attention to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza. The Security Council acknowledges the ongoing Israeli investigation and extends sincere condolences to the victims’ families while wishing a swift recovery for the injured.

This statement comes shortly after the United States blocked a previous UN Security Council statement that placed blame on Israel for the aid disaster. The Security Council now urges Israel to keep border crossings open for humanitarian aid, facilitate the opening of additional crossings to meet increased needs, and support the swift and safe delivery of relief items throughout Gaza.

Emphasizing the protection of civilians and infrastructure, the council reminds all parties to comply with their international obligations, including international humanitarian and human rights laws. Expressing grave concern over the potential acute food insecurity for all 2.2 million people in Gaza, the council calls for immediate, sustained, and unhindered humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian civilian population.

First published on: Mar 03, 2024 06:26 AM IST

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