UN Security Council’s Failure to Secure Gaza Ceasefire Grants Israel ‘License to Kill’: Arab League Chief

Sat Dec 23 2023
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CAIRO: The Arab League Secretary-General, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, has expressed grave concern over the UN Security Council’s inability to reach a consensus on a permanent ceasefire in Gaza, asserting that this failure essentially grants Israel a “license to kill” innocent Palestinians.

Aboul Gheit’s remarks come in the wake of the Security Council’s adoption of a resolution on Friday, aimed at increasing humanitarian aid to Gaza, which he acknowledged as a positive step but falling short of achieving the crucial goal of a comprehensive ceasefire in the besieged enclave.

While the resolution focused on urgent measures to “immediately allow safe, unhindered, and expanded humanitarian access” and called for creating conditions for a sustainable cessation of hostilities, it did not attain the level of commitment needed to halt the protracted conflict in Gaza.

Arab League Chief Says Gaza Crisis Demands Decisive Actions

Aboul Gheit emphasized that the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza demands more than temporary measures and requires decisive and resolute action to address the dire conditions on the ground.

“The failure of the UN Security Council to agree on a permanent ceasefire is equivalent to providing Israel with a ‘license to kill,'” stated Aboul Gheit. The conflict, which has entered its third month, has left Gaza in ruins, with Israel’s intensive aerial campaign and ground offensive resulting in a serious humanitarian crisis in one of the most densely populated regions globally.

The death toll has surged to a staggering 20,000, underscoring the urgency of finding a lasting solution to the conflict.

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