The United Nations Security Council has welcomed the cease-fire between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers and has called for strict adherence to the cease-fire. All 15 members of the council voted in favour of the statement on Saturday.
The council, it added, lamented the deaths of civilians as a result of the violence and emphasised the urgent need for humanitarian relief to the Palestinian civilian population, particularly in Gaza.
The statement went on to say that it was critical to restore calm and emphasised the necessity of reaching a comprehensive peace based on the vision of a region in which two democratic governments, Israel and Palestine, coexist peacefully within safe and recognised borders.
Members of the Security Council welcomed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call for the international community to collaborate with the UN in preparing a solid package of support for a quick and long-term recovery and rebuild.
After 11 days of fighting, Israel and Hamas have agreed to a cease-fire.
Egypt, as well as other regional countries, the UN, the Quartet of Mideast Mediators (the UN, US, European Union, and Russia), and other international entities, played an essential role in reaching the cease-fire, according to the council.
The ceasefire deal between Israel’s armed organisations and Palestinian armed organisations in the Gaza Strip appears to be holding, but reports of tensions in occupied East Jerusalem have surfaced. After Friday prayers, police invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem and shot tear gas at Palestinians. After 11 days of nonstop, relentless gunfire from both sides, an Egyptian-brokered truce took effect in the early morning hours of Friday. Thousands of rockets were shot from both sides, thousands were injured, and over 200 people died as a result of the battle.
In the previous several days, Israel has targeted Palestinian militant group Hamas “quite hard” in the Gaza Strip, successfully striking hundreds of targets including military and intelligence equipment as well as underground tunnels, according to a senior Israeli diplomat. According to Rony Yedidia Clein, Deputy Chief of the Israeli Embassy, the US and several other countries fully supported Israel’s actions, while India understood them.