Boukadoum urges UN to declare state of humanitarian emergency in occupied Palestine

APS - 21 May 2021

NEW YORK (United Nations)-Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum on Thursday called the United Nations (UN) Secretary General to declare a state of humanitarian emergency in the occupied territories of Palestine to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinians and reconstruct Gaza.

"We have all seen the terrifying images of destruction and followed live the assaults that targeted the holy places in occupied Al-Quds, as well as the savage raids that sowed death and horror in the encircled area of Gaza," said Boukadoum in an address delivered on behalf of the Arab Group at the United Nations, chaired by Algeria on May, at the emergency meeting of the General Assembly (GA) on the situation in the Middle East and the Palestinian cause.

Faced with "the inertia of the Security Council which is slow to take a stand on these tragic events", the Arab Group stressed "the need for the GA to act quickly, adopt practical actions in the face of the assault suffered by the Palestinians and to use all available means to protect them and their holy places."

"The Arab Group urges the UN SG to declare a state of humanitarian emergency so that the international community contributes effectively to alleviating the suffering of Palestinian civilians, and to act for the reconstruction of Gaza which has been suffering for 15 years under the yoke of an iniquitous embargo," he said.