‘No Safe Zones Left in Gaza’ – Russian Envoy to UN Nebenzia

Vassily Nebenzia at a press conference following the UN vote on the Gaza resolution. (Photo: UN, video grab)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

There are no safe zones left in Gaza amid Israeli strikes, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzia said on Friday.

“(Israel’s) deliberate strikes on civilian facilities are a blatant violation of international humanitarian law,” Nebenzia pointed out at a UN Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East.

“The mosques (that came under attack) are located in the south of the Gaza Strip, which confirms that there are simply no safe zones for civilians in the enclave anymore,” Nebenzia added.

Nebenzia also stressed that it is impossible to achieve lasting peace in the Middle East without resolving the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

“The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a key issue and without resolving it, it is impossible to hope for a lasting peace in the Middle East,” he said.

“In recent years, we have been stating (..) that shelving the entire international legal framework related to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will lead to an escalation and the whole world will have to search for a solution,” Nebenzia pointed out.

The envoy stressed that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian issue “should in no way involve attempts to drive the Palestinian people from their homeland.”

A real solution to this “long-standing” issue should be based on international law, Nebenzia stressed.

Israel has, thus far, killed over 11,078 – including 4,506 children and 3,027 women – and wounded 27,409. Palestinian Ministry of Health reports and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.


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