May 12, 2023

On Wednesday, May 10, 2023, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, condemned the deaths of civilians in Gaza as “unacceptable,” calling for “it to stop immediately,” urging all parties to exercise maximum restraint, he said. Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the United Nations.

Haq said, “Israel must fulfill its obligations under international humanitarian law, including the proportionate use of force and take all possible precautions to avoid harming civilians and civilian targets during military operations.”

Since the dawn of Tuesday, May 9, the occupation planes launched intensive raids on Gaza, which resulted in the death of 21 Palestinians, including 3 leaders of the “Quds Brigades,” the armed wing of the “Islamic Jihad” movement, in addition to civilians, including women and children, in addition to 64 injuries. According to the Ministry of Health in the besieged Strip.

On the other hand, the joint room of the Palestinian resistance factions announced, on Wednesday evening, the implementation of Operation “Revenge of the Free,” which consisted of firing dozens of missiles against sites and targets, starting from the Gaza border to Tel Aviv, according to local websites.

An emergency meeting of the Arab League

On the other hand, the Council of the League of Arab States at the level of permanent delegates called, on Wednesday, for “international action” against the “Israeli escalation” in the Palestinian territories, according to a statement of the League, calling at the end of an emergency meeting chaired by Egypt, to discuss “the continuous Israeli aggression against Palestinian people”.

The Arab meeting condemned the “Israeli aggression, siege, and widespread crimes against the Palestinian people (..), including the barbaric Israeli raids on the Gaza Strip.”

He expressed “support for the steadfastness of the Palestinian people in the face of the continuous and escalating Israeli aggression against them, and their legitimate right to self-defense.”

The Gaza Strip was subjected to heavy bombardment at dawn on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, by Israeli aircraft - Reuters

While the Arab meeting called on the UN Security Council to “assume its responsibilities and exert the necessary pressure on Israel, the occupying power; To stop its aggression and blockade imposed on the Palestinian people.

The meeting urged the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, to “implement practical and effective options to protect Palestinian civilians,” and urged “the International Criminal Court to complete the criminal investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity committed and still being committed by Israel against the defenseless Palestinian people.”

The meeting also called on “the international community to put pressure on Israel to allow the fact-finding commission, which was established by the Human Rights Council on May 21, 2021, to enter occupied Palestine to exercise its mandate regarding Israeli crimes and violations.”

mediation efforts

On the other hand, the meeting valued the “continuous Egyptian, Jordanian and Arab efforts to stop the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people,” without providing details about it.

On Wednesday, well-informed Palestinian sources revealed to Anadolu Agency that intensive efforts are being made by Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations to stop the escalation between Israel and the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Palestinian “Hamas” movement announced in a statement that the head of its political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, had received contacts from Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations. To discuss the “aggression” on the Gaza Strip, without giving further details.

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