UNITED NATIONS: On Monday, the UN Security Council called for an “immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire” in Gaza. The U.N. Security Council agreed on a statement on Sunday urging Israel, Palestinians and Islamist Hamas militants to put through a humanitarian truce beyond the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr and engage in efforts to reach a lasting ceasefire.
Above 1,030 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 43 Israeli soldiers and two Israeli civilians have been wiped out. A quick and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire, allowing for the delivery of urgently needed assistance” in Gaza, where Israeli troops and Hamas have been struggling for almost three weeks.
Gaza Strip residents’ witnesses stated Israeli shelling and Hamas missile launches slowly subsided on Sunday, suggesting a de facto truce might be taking shape in the lead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which starts on Monday.
Jordan drafted, The Security Council statement, “urged all parties to accept and fully carry out the humanitarian ceasefire into the Eid period and beyond” and “calls on parties to engage in efforts to achieve a lasting and fully respected ceasefire, based along the Egyptian inventiveness.
Political efforts led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to end the conflict have shown little sign of advancement. The council commended the efforts of Kerry and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who spent last week in the Middle East trying to help broker an end to the combat.
About 1,031 Palestinians, mainly civilians and many of them children, have been killed in the 20-day conflict.
The Security Council expressed “grave concern regarding the worsening in the position as a resolution of the crisis related to Gaza and the loss of civilian lives and injured parties” and “reiterates the need to take appropriate steps to assure the safety and welfare of civilians and their protection.
In Gaza, a United Nations-run school was attacked last week and the Gaza health ministry stated at least 15 civilians had been killed and about 200 injured.