Qatar warns of worsening situation in Gaza Strip
August 23 2018 10:31 PM
State of Qatar

QNA/Doha

*Qatar working to lift the siege imposed on Gaza
*Affirms continued support for Palestinian people


Qatar has warned of the continued deterioration of the humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip as a result of the Israeli aggression against the defenseless Palestinian people who are demanding their basic national rights and the lifting of the unjust siege imposed on the Strip.
In a statement released on Thursday, Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the international community to put an end to the humanitarian disaster, warning that the silence of the international community and the lack of action could worsen the situation in Gaza.
The statement reiterated Qatar's firm position on the historic rights of the Palestinian people in an independent state with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital and the right of the refugees to return to their areas, stressing that ignoring them is a violation of the international law.
The statement also stressed that the Qatari diplomacy will spare no effort in working to lift the unjust siege imposed on Gaza.
The statement noted that in addition to Qatar's active and direct contribution to the reconstruction of the Strip and its contributions through international institutions, such as the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Qatari diplomacy is working hard through public efforts co-ordinated by the Chairman of Qatar National Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza ambassador Mohamed al-Emadi.
The primary goal of the Qatari efforts is to end the injustice the Palestinian people are being subjected to and to support them, which requires contacts and meetings with all parties, the statement said, pointing out that Qatar has nothing to hide in this regard, especially when humanitarian mediation is taking place.
The statement further stressed that Qatar's firm stance on the Israeli occupation and the historic rights of the Palestinian people, which were approved by UN resolutions, is unquestionable, as Qatar's mediation is consensual and the Palestinian side has always expressed its appreciation for the positions the country has teken.
In its statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasised that the historical, legal and humanitarian rights of the Palestinian people should not be compromised and that no party has the right to waive them under any pretext.
Meanwhile, the United Nations (UN) warned on Wednesday of threats of a new war in the Gaza Strip.
Humanitarian situation 
UN's Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo said in her briefing to the members of the Security Council in her monthly session on the situation in the Middle East, that there are threats of a new war in Gaza.
She added that the humanitarian situation is increasingly exacerbated by Israeli restrictions on the Gaza Strip, which has been besieged by Israel since 2007.
The UN official stressed that humanitarian assistance to Gaza should not be linked to any political or security matters, stating that the organisation needs US$4.5mn to ensure that minimum basic services are provided in Gaza by the end of this year.
DiCarlo noted the importance of the international community's efforts to find a solution to the current crisis in Gaza, stressing the need to put the efforts in the context of the broader solution to the Palestinian issue and the application of the principle of two-state solution.
Tension continues in the areas near the border fence in the eastern Gaza Strip, where the Israeli occupation forces deliberately shoot at Palestinians approaching the border areas as well as launching raids into the Gaza Strip.
In recent months, the Palestinian authorities have appealed to all countries to continue to provide vital humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people, especially the medical emergency in Gaza.
In a related development, David Crane, the head of a United Nations Human Rights Council's commission to investigate deadly incidents in recent months on the Gaza border has resigned for "personal reasons," the council said on Wednesday, less than a month after he was appointed.
Vojislav Suc, Slovenian ambassador to the UN in Geneva and president of the council, has accepted Crane's resignation and will have the task of appointing a new president of the commission, which also includes lawyers Sara Hossein from Bangladesh and Betty Murungi from Kenya, an official statement said.
On May 18, the UN Human Rights Council voted to urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate all allegations of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in particular, in the context of Israeli military operations against large-scale civil protests since March 30 that left several hundreds dead and thousands injured.



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