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UNSC stresses necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure

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The UNSC has called on all the parties involved in the conflict between Israel and Palestine to refrain from depriving the civilian population in the Gaza Strip of basic services and humanitarian assistance indispensable to their survival, consistent with international humanitarian law in the wake of an incident in which 100 individuals lost their lives with several hundred others sustaining injuries, including people with gunshot wounds involving Israeli forces at a large gathering surrounding a humanitarian assistance convoy south-west of Gaza City.

“The members of the Security Council expressed deep concern regarding reports stating that over 100 individuals lost their lives with several hundred others sustaining injuries, including people with gunshot wounds as observed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, in an incident involving Israeli forces at a large gathering surrounding a humanitarian assistance convoy south-west of Gaza City. The Council members take note that an Israeli investigation is underway,” said UNSC President Yamazaki Kazuyuki (Japan).

The Council members stressed the need to take all necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.

They reaffirmed that all parties to conflicts must comply with their obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law and international human rights law, as applicable.

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They expressed grave concern over the estimation from the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) that all 2.2 million people in Gaza would face alarming levels of acute food insecurity.

The Council members reiterated their demand for parties to the conflict to allow, facilitate, and enable the immediate, rapid, safe, sustained, and unhindered delivery of humanitarian assistance at scale to the Palestinian civilian population throughout the Gaza Strip and for the full implementation of resolutions 2712 (2023) and 2720 (2023).

The Council members urge Israel to keep border crossings open for humanitarian aid to enter Gaza, to facilitate the opening of additional crossings to meet humanitarian needs at scale, and to support the rapid and safe delivery of relief items to people in all of the Gaza Strip.

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