U.S. Affirms: No Forced Displacement of Gaza Residents, No Reoccupation of the Strip

The U.S. representative to the United Nations emphasized on Friday that Palestinians cannot be forcibly displaced from Gaza, nor can the sector be reoccupied following the conflict that commenced on October 7th of the previous year.

Addressing the emergency session of the Security Council convened to discuss the war in the region, the delegate stressed the need to work towards peace, asserting that a return to the situation preceding October 7th is not feasible.

He clarified that a resolution has not yet been reached for the release of hostages held by Hamas, underscoring the importance of coordination with the United Nations regarding the implementation of ceasefires in Gaza.

Furthermore, he remarked, "Respecting the rights of civilians in Gaza and delivering aid" is imperative, highlighting that 1.5 million Palestinians have been displaced, and thousands of civilians have lost their lives in Gaza.

He stated, "Hospitals in Gaza are in dire need of fuel."

Additionally, he expressed, "We share Israel's concern about the presence of Hamas in northern Gaza."

Israel Accuses UN Organizations

Israel's delegate to the United Nations, on the other hand, accused the Palestinian movement Hamas of using hospitals and ambulances for military purposes.

Speaking before the International Security Council, the Israeli representative, Galad Erdan, mentioned that Israel has urged civilians to leave northern Gaza and has established "safe passages."

He added, "All the information provided by the United Nations, including the World Health Organization, does not reflect the situation on the ground," accusing UN organizations of providing "inaccurate information about the situation in Gaza."

He stated that the figures presented by the United Nations "come from Hamas, which controls the sector," considering that the movement "knows that the Security Council accepts these lies."

Palestinian Delegate: Humanitarian Ceasefire is Symbolic

In response, the Palestinian delegate, Riyad Mansour, stated that Israel is implementing a symbolic humanitarian ceasefire that forces people to flee rather than providing relief.

He also claimed that hospitals have become Israel's primary target in Gaza, emphasizing the need to act to stop the "massacres" in the sector.

Civilians Pay the Price in Gaza

The delegate of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, Lana Nusseibeh, asserted on Friday that civilians in Gaza are the ones paying the price of war, emphasizing that Israel must end the blockade imposed on the sector.

The Emirati delegate told the International Security Council that it is essential to put an end to the suffering of children and civilians in Gaza.

She affirmed that the two-state solution is the "appropriate solution that can lead us out of the vortex of violence."

The Unimaginable Situation

Earlier today, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stated in a Security Council session that the situation in the sector "cannot be described," with 1.5 million people there now displaced.

Israel has been bombing Gaza by air, sea, and land since militants from Hamas breached the border fence of the sector on October 7th, carrying out an attack that Israel claimed resulted in the death of 1,200 people – in a revised toll – and the capture of about 240 others.

Palestinian officials claim that more than 11,000 people have been killed in Gaza since Israel began its military campaign, and Gaza hospitals face difficulties with depleted medical supplies, clean water, and the fuel necessary to operate electricity generators.

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