UN Safety Council meets over Israeli-Palestinian violence: NPR

A relative carries a Palestinian child who was killed in Israeli air strikes overnight in Gaza City on Sunday. Sunday was the seventh day since the armed conflict escalated. Abdel Kareem Hana / AP Hide caption

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A relative carries a Palestinian child who was killed in Israeli air strikes overnight in Gaza City on Sunday. Sunday was the seventh day since the armed conflict escalated.

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The members of the United Nations Security Council practically met on Sunday to discuss the escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians. More than 180 Palestinians and 10 people were killed in Israel in the past week.

Hamas militants fired thousands of rockets at Israel while Israel responded with air strikes.

UN Secretary General António Guterres opened the meeting with concerns that the violence will continue and the situation will spiral out of control if a ceasefire is not reached soon. He called the current hostilities “extremely appalling”.

“This final round of violence only continues the cycles of death, destruction and despair. … The fighting has to stop, it has to stop immediately,” said Guterres. “The rockets and mortars on the one hand, and air and artillery bombardments on the other, must stop. I appeal to all parties to hear this call. The United Nations is actively working for an immediate ceasefire.”

The weeks of sporadic violence in East Jerusalem intensified earlier this month following protests against the eviction of Palestinian residents from land claimed by Jewish settlers. And on May 6, Israeli police in riot gear confronted a crowd of Muslim worshipers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

In some cities in Israel, Jewish and Palestinian mobs have attacked property and each other. Palestinian Arabs make up about 20% of the Israeli population.

On Sunday, Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces at the Hawara checkpoint south of the city of Nablus in the West Bank. Majdi Mohammed / AP hide caption

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On Sunday, Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces at the Hawara checkpoint south of the city of Nablus in the West Bank.

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Almost every country that took part in the talks on Sunday called on both sides to agree to a ceasefire. Representatives recognized Israel’s right to defend itself and its citizens while saying that Israel is in a more powerful position in this particular conflict and must act accordingly.

The Israeli forces have carried out hundreds of precision attacks against suspected Hamas structures and fighters. However, some of these attacks have damaged or destroyed refugee camps, schools, hospitals and, as of Saturday, a high-rise building that housed several media outlets such as The Associated Press and Al-Jazeera.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel “will do everything it can to restore order and calm, as well as the security of our people and deterrence”.

Netanyahu said Israel, like other countries, has the right to defend itself.

“We are trying to degrade Hamas’ terrorist capabilities and its willingness to do so again,” he said. “So it will take time. I hope it won’t be long, but it’s not right now.”

The prime minister said the attacks against Hamas, which the United States recognizes as a terrorist organization, are targeting rockets, weapons caches and fighters.

When asked what evidence the IDF had that Hamas was using the building that also housed the AP and Al-Jazeera offices, Netanyahu said Israel has intelligence agencies, of which Hamas “has an intelligence agency … that the.” Terrorist attacks plan and organize “the building.

A building that housed The Associated Press, Al-Jazeera and a number of offices and apartments was leveled by an Israeli air strike on Saturday. Hatem Moussa / AP Hide caption

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During the UN Security Council meeting, Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour wondered how many Palestinian lives it would take the international community to intervene. The conflict, he said, does not exist between arguing neighbors; It’s colonialism.

“There are no people on earth who would tolerate this reality. Israel keeps saying,” Put yourself in our shoes, but they don’t wear shoes, they wear military boots, “said Mansour. “Why don’t you put yourself in our shoes? What would you do if your land were occupied? What would you do to achieve independence? How many killed Palestinians are enough for conviction? We know that one Israeli is enough.” but how many Palestinians? “

Hamas fighters fired more rockets at Israel on Sunday, while Israeli air strikes destroyed three buildings in Gaza, killing at least 42 people. It was the deadliest day since the violence began a week ago.

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland said on Sunday that at least 181 Palestinians, including 52 children, were killed and 1,200 injured in air strikes. At least 34,000 were left homeless. In Israel, nine Israelis, including two children, and an Indian citizen were killed and over 250 injured, he said.

Speaking to the UN Security Council, Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan repeated many of the Prime Minister’s statements, saying that Hamas uses civilians as human shields and that Israel has the right to defend itself.

“Israel has made its choice. We will take all necessary steps to defend our people,” he told the UN. “Now you have to meet yours. The world is watching.”

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