UN, Egypt help avert another Israel-Palestine war in Gaza that was ‘minutes away’, Security Council hears

Palestine Gaza 2018

UNICEF A Palestinian girl inside her family’s partially destroyed home, looks at the destruction outside, in the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City.

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.

Intense diplomatic efforts by the United Nations and Egypt have helped avoid another Israeli-Palestinian war in Gaza that appeared just “minutes away” over the past weekend, a senior UN official said on Tuesday.

“After intense efforts by the United Nations and Egypt, I can report that the situation is calming down, although tensions remain,” Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, told the Security Council via video link from Jerusalem.

He said that “last Saturday we were minutes away from another devastating confrontation between Israel and Hamas in Gaza”.

The enclave bordered by Israel and the Mediterranean has been controlled by a Palestinian militant faction, Hamas, since 2007. Israel has blocked the movements of Palestinians from Gaza.

After intense efforts by the United Nations and Egypt, I can report that the situation is calming down, although tensions remain – UN Special Coordinator

The UN has said the root causes of the intractable conflict there include a more than 50-year occupation by Israel of the Palestinian territory; its years-long blockade of Gaza; Hamas’s continuing control of the enclave, and the division between Palestine’s two political factions, Fatah and Hamas.

Briefing the Council on recent developments around Gaza, Mr. Mladenov said that “over the last two weeks, the situation quickly spiralled out of control, nearly to a point of no-return”.

The past month, he said, has witnessed one of the largest escalations since the most recent 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict.

Nineteen Palestinians, including seven children, were killed by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in Gaza, during protests, clashes, and airstrikes, and over 1,000 were injured.

One IDF soldier was killed by gunfire from Gaza last week, while four Israeli civilians and an IDF soldier were moderately injured, respectively, by rocket fire and a hand grenade attack.

Hamas and other militants fired 283 rockets and mortars from Gaza towards Israel, while The Israeli Air Force (IAF) fired some 189 missiles and artillery shells against targets in Gaza.

Mr. Mladenov said he travelled to Gaza on 15 July and earlier on Tuesday, in an urgent effort to de-escalate tensions, appealing to Palestinian factions not to provoke incidents at the fence, to immediately stop the firing of rockets and mortars and to stop the incendiary kites and balloons. He appealed to Israel to fully reopen border crossings, stop shelling, particularly in populated areas, and to exercise restraint towards Gaza.

“I returned to Jerusalem from Gaza just an hour ago and am hopeful that with collective efforts by all sides we can avoid another war, allow Palestinians in Gaza and Israelis in communities across the border to sleep in peace and begin addressing all humanitarian issues,” he said.

On Sunday, the UN warned that supplies of emergency fuel provided by the world body for critical facilities in Gaza are running out.

Mr. Mladenov said that on Tuesday, the first 100,000 litres of much-needed fuel were allowed through the Kerem Shalom crossing, to be distributed by the UN to hospitals and emergency services.

Turning to the Syrian Golan Heights, he said that recent developments on the Golan have heightened tensions.

He said that a few hours ago, the Israeli Defence Forces reported that it fired two missiles, which shot down a Syrian fighter jet that they claim had infiltrated nearly two kilometres into Israeli airspace.

“We are closely monitoring the situation,” he said.

the sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Virus Coronavirus: No time to die

Coronavirus: Commission proposes €6.8 million in total to support 1,700 dismissed workers of air carriers KLM and Finnair

Palm Oil: With Malaysia cracking down on production, what’s the alternative?

Does the Greek deal strengthen the Eurozone? Markets react cautiously

Deliver ‘significant results now’, UN General Assembly President tells COP25 climate conference

Trade marks: Commission decides to refer Romania to the Court of Justice for not transposing the Trade Mark Directive

It’s 100 years since US women got the right to vote, but how has gender equality changed?

Amsterdam is developing a fleet of autonomous boats to reduce city traffic

Is Erdogan losing game and match within and without Turkey?

Record-high number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan: UN Report

‘All efforts must be made’ to ensure peaceful elections for Guinea-Bissau, Security Council hears

5 ways to reduce risk while fuelling IT innovation and growth

‘Virginity testing’: a human rights violation, with no scientific basis – UN

Can India reduce deaths on one hazardous road to zero? This group is trying

Four things workers want implemented by their bosses post-pandemic

Central Africans ‘need our help now’: UN’s deputy relief chief

Last year, this coral reef was teeming with life. Now it’s dying – and it’s up to us to save it

State aid: Commission approves €1 billion Danish and Swedish measure to recapitalise SAS

Despite progress, companies face gender equality ‘backlash’: UN business body

MWC 2016 LIVE: BlackBerry acquires Encription, talks Microsoft and health

The digital transformation is a skills and education opportunity for all. Companies must use it

How to change the world at Davos

Sex education: the application of sexual and reproductive rights in the fight against HIV

We lack a global framework for saving our environment. Here’s how we change that

We must build resilience to face the future – but will we be fast enough?

On the first day of 2019, over 395,000 babies to be born worldwide: UNICEF

FROM THE FIELD: Enslaved Guatemalan indigenous women wait for reparations

What makes us happy? AI scanned 700,000 journal entries to find out

EP Group leaders on Brexit: “the agreement is not open to renegotiation”

Commissioner for Crisis Management in Kabul: EU steps up humanitarian assistance with €32 million

State aid: Commission approves prolongation and modification of German scheme to support electricity production from renewable energy sources

Corruption thwarts attempts to build a better world and ‘must be fought by all, for all’

Iran: UN rights chief ‘deeply disturbed’ by continuing executions of juvenile offenders

Impossible Brexit options: WTO or new referendum?

Brunei’s new penal code would enshrine ‘cruel and inhuman punishments’ UN rights chief warns

The Junior Enterprise concept: Business & Education

Switzerland: prepare for population ageing to maintain high living standards

FROM THE FIELD: Balancing act for Philippines farmers

Challenges behind a technological way at health

Education remains an impossible dream for many refugees and migrants

Parliament declares the European Union an ‘‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone’’

State aid: Commission invites comments on State aid rules for the deployment of broadband networks

COP21 Breaking News_09 December: List of Recent Climate Funding Announcements

‘Ground Zero’: Report from the former Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan

Joint U.S.-EU Statement following President Juncker’s visit to the White House

Sponsored content: when QUALITY meets OPEX in manufacturing

First EU-wide protection for whistle-blowers agreed

UN, Somali Government seek $80 million in immediate relief for flood-affected populations

UN recorded 64 new allegations of sexual exploitation or abuse in the past three months

Jellyfish are taking over the world – and climate change could be to blame

‘Still time’ to stop a ‘bloody battle’ for Libya’s capital, insists Guterres

Commission concludes that an Excessive Deficit Procedure is no longer warranted for Italy at this stage

Eurozone: Avoiding a new Greek accident

The business case for diversity in the workplace is now overwhelming

How India is solving its cooling challenge

G20 LIVE: G20 Leaders’ Communiqué Antalya Summit, 15-16 November 2015

UN nuclear watchdog will help verify DPRK nuclear programme, if agreement forthcoming

Medical students against male supremacy

Climate activist Greta Thunberg urges MEPs to put words into action

Further reforms in Sweden can drive growth, competitiveness and social cohesion

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s