Qatar Urges UN Security Council Action to End Gaza War and Israeli Occupation

Qatar Urges UN Security Council Action to End Gaza War and Israeli Occupation

Geneva, The Gulf Observer: Qatar has appealed to the international community, with a particular emphasis on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), to address the apparent state of inability and double standards, urging decisive action to halt the ongoing war in Gaza. The call came during the interactive dialogue on the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the “Human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the obligation to ensure accountability and justice” within the 55th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

In a statement, Permanent Representative of Qatar to the UN Office in Geneva, H E Dr. Hend bint Abdalrahman Mohamed Al Muftah, underscored the urgent need to end the Israeli occupation, protect Palestinians, and ensure the realization of their legitimate rights. She stressed the establishment of an independent, sovereign Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital. Furthermore, she urged accountability for all those responsible for violations and crimes committed against the Palestinian people.

Expressing concern over the dangerous consequences of a potential ground invasion in Rafah, Al Muftah highlighted the international community’s prior warnings and condemned the continued prevention of UN High Commissioner employees’ entry into the occupied Palestinian territories. She asserted that such actions by Israeli authorities indicated an intention to conceal information and distort facts related to grave violations, illegal settlement policies, and crimes committed against Palestinians, including the recent aggression and genocide in Gaza.

The Qatari representative denounced the policy of starvation, collective punishment, and the deprivation of basic necessities for civilians in Gaza. She also condemned the indiscriminate use of disproportionate lethal force, deliberate destruction of civilian facilities, targeting of civilians, humanitarian relief, and UN personnel. The statement cited additional violations, including the killing of journalists, arbitrary detention, and torture of Palestinian detainees and prisoners, including women and children. The forced displacement of the Gaza population was highlighted as a blatant violation of international agreements and laws.

Qatar’s plea for international intervention underscores the gravity of the situation and the urgent need for concerted efforts to address the humanitarian crisis and bring an end to the longstanding conflict in the region.