UN officials urge action against forced displacement in Gaza

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NEW YORK — In an open meeting by the UN Security Council to discuss the threat of forced displacement of Palestinians in Gaza, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Grifiths warned that “this must not be permitted” and that compelling Palestinians to evacuate their land might be tantamount to a war crime, media sources reported.اضافة اعلان

Griffiths expressed concern over “Incendiary statements” by some within the Israeli leadership calling for the permanent resettlement of Palestinians in other countries, affirming that "any displaced person in Gaza must be allowed to return according to international law."

Griffiths said that there is no safe place in Gaza, describing the Israeli war on the strip as one being conducted with “almost no consideration for the impact on civilians.” He also pointed out that the efforts to send humanitarian convoys to northern Gaza face delays or denial of permission, and puts aid workers at risk.

“Colleagues who have managed to make it to the north in recent days describe scenes of utter horror: corpses left lying in the road, people with evident signs of starvation stopping trucks in search of anything they can get to survive.” He stated.

The healthcare system in the strip is on the verge of collapse, he added, stressing that it is unsafe for women to give birth, children to be vaccinated, the sick and injured to receive treatment, and infectious diseases are on the rise which forces people to seek refuge in hospital grounds.

He also repeated his call for a ceasefire and for the Security Council to take urgent action to bring the Israeli war to an end.

On the other hand, the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ilze Brands Kehris said that more than 90 percent of the population of Gaza is suffering from acute food insecurity, she added, stressing that starvation of a civilian population as a tactic of war is prohibited under international law.

She also touched on the forced displacement of Palestinians in the strip, stating the threat carries “particular resonance” for Palestinians, referring to the Nakba of 1948. Furthermore, she added that the right of Palestinians to return to their homes must be subject to “An ironclad guarantee.”

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