Palestinian envoy decries humanitarian situation in Gaza, calls for more effort to end war

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The Palestinian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Abdullah Abu Shawesh, decried the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

The envoy, who made this known in a press statement in Abuja, called for more effort to bring an end to the war.

He said the war had led to the death of many Palestinians as well as the destruction of lives and property.

While condoling with the family and friends of Aaron Bushnell, who he said set himself ablaze, Shawesh said his last wards were “free Palestine.

“The clock is ticking fast towards famine and an outbreak of epidemics. The lives and health, physical and mental, of the women and girls of Gaza are severely compromised, United Nation”

“The scale and gravity of the humanitarian catastrophe caused by Israel’s relentless bombardment, destruction and suffocating siege puts more than two million Palestinians of Gaza at risk of irreparable harm.”

ShaweshAmbassador said “Israel turns ‘safe’ corridor to Gaza’s south into trap to kill hungry, forcibly displaced Palestinians.

“Israel’s clear policy is to make Gaza an unlivable place after the war, so that even if the inhabitants are not forced to leave under the fire, they will do so voluntarily due to the lack of hospitals, schools, universities, drinkable water, and other basic necessities for human life.”

Shawesh said there was no specific number or information about the detention cases in Gaza.

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He further said, “the occupation authorities continue to impose restrictions on the Muslim worshiper’s entry to Al-Aqsa preventing all the young men and boys from entering while subjecting all others to be extensively checked.

According to him, UN experts say, “We are particularly distressed by reports that Palestinian women and girls in detention have also been subjected to multiple forms of sexual assault such as being stripped naked and searched by male Israeli army officers.”

The envoy said, as the fifth month of the war drew close, the Israeli Prime Minister had released the “day after” plan for Gaza.

He said, “the main principles of this plan are as follows:Israel will maintain security control west of the Jordan River, including the OWB.

“He rejected the unilateral recognition of the Palestinian state.Gaza should be ruled by local representatives.

“He called for shutting down the Palestinian aid agency UNRWA.Israel will maintain security control over the Gaza-Egypt border.”

Shawesh further said, “the Palestinian presidency spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh said and I quote “If the world is genuinely interested in having security and stability in the region, it must end Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land and recognise an independent Palestinian State with Jerusalem as its capital,

“The UN spokesman said on Friday, Feb. 23, “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan for the post-war Gaza is against the two-state solution between Israel and Palestine.”

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“He said the Secretary-General Antonio Guterres underscored, and reiterates that “any sustainable solution for long-term peace must be in the framework of a two-state solution.

“And an end to the occupation and establishment of a fully independent, democratic, contiguous, sovereign and viable Palestinian State, of which Gaza is an integral part.

“This is in line with international law, relevant UN resolutions and existing bilateral agreements”.

“He added that the plan “goes against everything that we hope for, for the people of Gaza that we hope for, frankly, the ability of Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace side by side.

“Arms exports to Israel must stop immediately.

“This was the official opinion of UN experts, who stressed that according to the 1949 Geneva Convention, states must refrain from transferring any weapons or ammunition to Israel that would be used in Gaza.”

He added that “this is likely to violate international humanitarian law and must cease immediately.

“Such transfers are prohibited even if the exporting state does not intend the arms to be used in violation of the law or does not know with certainty that they would be used in such a way as long as there is a clear risk.

“State officials involved in arms exports may be individually criminally liable for aiding and abetting any war crimes, crimes against humanity or acts of genocide”.

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“The expert added that all states under the principle of universal jurisdiction and International Criminal Court, may be able to investigate and prosecute such crimes.

The envoy further said, “Israel has stopped renewing visas and work permits for scores of aid workers who provide vital support for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

“Humanitarian aids still been blocked by the Israel occupation and the famine is next door in North Gaza, the people there are starving.

“The alert comes again from Mr. Philippe Lazzarini Commissioner General of UNRWA and I quote “The last time UNRWA was able to deliver food aid to Northern Gaza was on 23 January.

“Since then, together with other UN agencies, we have warned against looming famine, appealed for regular humanitarian access, stated that famine can be averted if more food convoys are allowed into northern Gaza on a regular basis.

“Our calls to send food aid have been denied and have fallen on deaf ears. This is a man made disaster.

“The world committed to never let famine happen again. Famine can still be avoided, through genuine political will to grant access and protection to meaningful assistance.

“The days to come will once again test our common humanity and values”.


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