UN Security Council Asks Israel for More Measures on Gaza Aid

Thu Apr 11 2024
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UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Thursday asked Israel to open more entry points to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza and said “more should be done” to help Palestinian civilians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

In a statement, the UN Security Council members “took note of the announcement by Israel to open the Erez border crossing and allow the use of the Ashdod port for aid supplies into Gaza but stressed that more should be done to bring the required relief given the scale of needs in Gaza.”

Israel promised last week it would open the Erez crossing in the north after a tense telephone call between Joe Biden and Benjamin Netanyahu in which Biden demanded “immediate action” on aid.

In its statement, the Security Council reiterated its “deep concern over the human toll of the Israeli bombardment, the catastrophic humanitarian situation and the threat of imminent famine in Gaza.”

Council members also “called for the immediate lifting of all barriers to the delivery of humanitarian aid at scale to the Palestinian civilian population and to the unhindered distribution of such assistance.”

Since October 7 last year, Israel has launched a relentless bombardment campaign in Gaza. At least 30,534 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have been killed in the ongoing Israeli attacks, according to Gaza’s ministry of health.

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