Algeria prepares a resolution at the Security Council “to stop the massacre in Rafah”

Algeria prepares a resolution at the Security Council “to stop the massacre in Rafah”
Algeria prepares a resolution at the Security Council “to stop the massacre in Rafah”

Published on May 29, 2024 at 03:04. / Modified on May 29, 2024 at 03:21.

Algeria is preparing a draft UN Security Council resolution “to stop the massacre in Rafah,” its ambassador announced Tuesday after an emergency meeting behind closed doors. He did not specify when he hoped to put the text to a vote. “Algeria will circulate this afternoon a draft resolution on Rafah […] It will be a short text, a clear text, to stop the massacre in Rafah,” Amar Bendjama told the press. According to the text seen Tuesday by AFP, the draft resolution demands a halt to the Israeli offensive in Rafah and an “immediate” ceasefire.

Algiers had requested this emergency meeting of the Council on Monday, the day after a nighttime Israeli strike in Rafah which set fire to tents occupied by Palestinians in a displaced persons camp, leaving 45 dead and 249 injured, according to the ministry. health in Gaza. Since then, the civil defense of the Gaza Strip announced on Tuesday the death of 21 people in another Israeli strike on a camp for displaced people in the south of the Palestinian territory. Chinese Ambassador Fu Cong said he hoped for a vote on the resolution this week because “lives are at stake.”

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A “question of life and death”.

“It is high time for this council to act and adopt a new resolution,” pleaded for his part before the start of the meeting the French ambassador Nicolas de Rivière, also putting forward a “question of life and death “. Since the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7 and the start of Israeli reprisals in the Gaza Strip, the Security Council has struggled to speak with one voice.

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After two resolutions mainly focused on humanitarian aid, he finally demanded at the end of March an “immediate ceasefire”, a call previously blocked several times by the United States, allies of Israel, which had this time abstained. Asked about the Algerian draft text, American Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said she was waiting to see it. “And then we will react to it.”

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