A woman gestures after discovering that her house has collapsed following the Israel-Hamas ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Beit Hanoun, Gaza on May 21, 2021.
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The UN Security Council on Saturday called for “full observance” of the Gaza ceasefire and urged immediate humanitarian aid for Palestinian civilians in its first statement on the 11-day war between Israel and Hamas.
The ceasefire, which took effect at 2 a.m. local time, has so far held up despite clashes in Jerusalem outside the Al Aqsa Mosque between Israeli police and Palestinians, just hours after the truce was officially declared. began.
The Al Aqsa Mosque is one of the most sacred sites in Islam and is located in a site known in Judaism as the Temple Mount, which is the religion’s holiest site. Clashes on the complex were one of the factors that led to the war.
The Security Council pushed for “a full restoration of calm” and emphasized “the achievement of a comprehensive peace based on the vision of a region where two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, coexist in peace with secure and recognized borders.”
The US had previously blocked the UN’s most powerful body to call for an end to the conflict, arguing that this would hamper the Biden administration’s diplomatic efforts to help achieve a ceasefire .
Israel hit Gaza with dozens of airstrikes and Hamas militants fired more than 4,000 missiles at Israel. Palestinian medical officials said at least 248 people were killed in Gaza, including 66 children and 39 women. At least 12 people were killed in Israel, all civilians except one soldier.
The Security Council “mourned the loss of civilian lives as a result of the violence” and expressed support for the UN Secretary-General’s call for an “integrated, robust support package for rapid, sustainable reconstruction and recovery”. develop.
More than 77,000 Palestinians have been displaced and reconstruction costs in Gaza could reach tens of millions of dollars, according to Palestinian officials, with damage to infrastructure affecting water, sanitation and hygiene services.
The UN said Friday it has released $ 22.5 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza. A day earlier, President Joe Biden promised that the US would work with the UN to provide humanitarian aid to Palestinians and to help rebuild Gaza.
According to Reuters, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to travel to Israel and the West Bank next week to build on the ceasefire. Egyptian mediators also continue talks with Hamas and Israel to get longer-term peace after the armistice
– Reuters contributed to reporting