Turkish, Jordanian Top Diplomats Discuss Situation in Gaza

Sat Dec 23 2023
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ANKARA:  Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan and Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi on Friday discussed the current developments in the Gaza Strip, Turkish media reported.  In a telephone call, Safadi and Fidan exchanged views on a UNSC resolution on humanitarian help to the Gaza Strip.

Gaza health ministry said over 410 people have been killed in Israeli brutal bombardment over 48 hours, including 16 in an airstrike Friday on Gaza, Jabalia. Four members of same family, including a girl, killed in another attack on a civilian vehicle in Rafah in Gaza, the ministry maintained. The Health Ministry in Gaza said that more than 20,057 people have been killed in Gaza since Oct. 7, while more than 53,320 people injured in Israeli brutal attacks.

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Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Friday passed a toned-down bid to boost humanitarian help to Gaza and called for urgent measures “to create the conditions for a sustainable cessation of hostilities” following a week of vote delays and intense talks to avoid a veto by Washington.

Amid international outrage over increasing Gaza death toll in last 11 weeks of war between Hamas and Israel and a deteriorating humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, the United States abstained to permit the 15-member council to adopt a resolution drafted by the UAE. The remaining UNSC members voted for the resolution on Gaza except for Russia which also abstained.

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After high-level talks to win over the US, the resolution no longer reduces Israel’s control over all help deliveries to around 2.3 million people in the Gaza Strip. However, a weakening of language on a cessation of hostilities frustrated many UNSC members — including veto power Moscow—and regional countries, some of which, diplomats said, view it as approval for Israel to further act against people of Palestine.

Earlier, the US has used its veto twice to spoil resolutions opposed by Israel since the start of the war in the Gaza Strip. Similarly, the UNGA demanded a humanitarian truce, with 153 nations voting in favor of the move that had been vetoed by Washington in the UNSC days earlier.

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