UN Security Council calls for immediate Gaza Ceasefire

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The United Nations Security Council during Sunday midnight had held an emergency meeting in New York and called for “an immediate, unconditional humanitarian cease fire, lasting through Eid ul Fitr and beyond,” in a statement issued by the Council’s current president, represented by Rwanda. The statement was drafted by Jordan, the Arab representative to the 15 member Council. The resolution is just a step below the Security Council resolution and are approved by all 15 members of the powerful council.

The statement also supported “a comprehensive peace based on the vision of a region where two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace with secure and recognized borders as envisioned in Security Council resolution 1850 (2008).”

The current cease fire had started Saturday and was supposed to last through Sunday was disturbed as Hamas has been criticised for violating and engaging in consistent rocket fires into Israeli territory. Israel retaliated in similar fashion, resuming it’s Operation Protective Edge; President Benjamin Netanyahu called Hamas’s offers of truce unreliable “We hope we can get a sustainable quiet as soon as possible. I think the only path to do that is by adopting the Egyptian initiative”, talked about demilitarizing Gaza and providing social and economic relief for Gaza residents.

The three week old violence has claimed more than 1000 Palestine lives, mostly civilian, while the deaths in Israeli region have been under 50. US Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon have been making hectic efforts in securing a lasting peace deal around the festive season. Moon is scheduled to address a press meet today about the new efforts and Security Council proposals.

Medaram Jathara

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