New York (UNA-OIC) – The UN Security Council called for immediate humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people, especially in the Gaza Strip, following the announcement of a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian factions.
In a statement on Saturday, the Council members stressed the immediate need for humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian civilian population, particularly in Gaza. They also called for full adherence to the ceasefire that brought 11 days of fighting to an end early on Friday morning.
Members of the Council offered support for the call of Secretary-General António Guterres for the international community to work with the UN “on developing an integrated, robust package of support for a swift, sustainable reconstruction and recovery”.
“The members of the Security Council stressed the urgency of the restoration of calm in full and reiterated the importance of achieving 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,” the statement said.
It is noteworthy that on Friday, UN relief chief Mark Lowcock announced that $22.5 million was being allocated from emergency funds for the humanitarian response.