Sunday, January 4, 2009
UN General Assembly chief Miguel d’Escoto has criticized the Security Council for its inability to curb Israel’s “monstrosity” in Gaza.D’escoto criticized the UN Security Council for not showing enough tenacity in ending Gazans suffering in the wake of the weeklong Israeli offensive in the coastal strip.
“I think it’s a monstrosity; there’s no other way to name it,” D’escoto said Saturday when asked about the Israeli incursion on Gaza.
The UN Security Council again failed to call for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip due to US intervention. The statement would have called on Israel to end its ground incursion into the region.
“Once again, the world is watching in dismay the dysfunctionality of the Security Council,” D’escoto argued.
The two previous UN draft resolutions seeking an end to the violence in the region have been blocked by Washington. The United States has so far vetoed over 40 anti-Israel resolutions at the UN.
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Tel Aviv has so far snubbed international calls for a cease-fire and began what it claims to be the “long-lasting” ground invasion of Gaza on Saturday night.
In a weekly radio address on Saturday, US President George W. Bush supported the Israeli decision to reject a forty-eight-hour ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid to enter the besieged strip.
“Another one-way cease-fire that leads to rocket attacks on Israel is not acceptable. And promises from Hamas will not suffice,” said the outgoing US president.
Tel Aviv launched Operation Cast Lead on Saturday allegedly to stop rocket attacks on Israeli communities. So far Israeli forces have killed 497 Gazans and wounded 2790 others in the assault, a large number of whom are civilians.
UN officials and aid workers have warned that the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is spiraling into a critical state of emergency.
“How can one carry out proper relief work in these conditions of violence? The people of Gaza have already suffered the most stringent economic sanctions. … [A]s things stand now, we have only a few days supply left,” said the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.
This article was posted: Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 4:39 am