UNSC Fails to Take Action against Zionist Entity over Fresh Gaza Aggression

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has met behind closed doors over the situation in the Gaza Strip, but failed to reach an agreement on how to deal with a fresh wave of deadly Zionist attacks against the blockaded Palestinian territory.

Requested by Kuwait and Bolivia, the 50-minute emergency session was held on Tuesday after Gaza witnessed the worst flare-up of Israeli violence since the 2014 war.

The meeting however ended inconclusively, with no statement from the council on the violence, which broke out when the Israeli military launched a commando raid against Gaza on the weekend and killed seven Palestinians.

 The sting operation was followed by a wave of deadly air raids against residential areas throughout the Gaza Strip.

Israel’s acts of aggression, however, drew an angry reaction from the Palestinian resistance which fired an intense barrage of rockets into the southern parts of the occupied territories.

 At least seven Palestinians were killed in Israeli air raids and over 30 others wounded. Two Israelis also died in Ashkelon, while around 20 others sustained injuries in counterattacks from Gaza.

Speaking after the Security Council meeting, Kuwaiti Ambassador Mansour al-Otaibi told reporters that “we were not able to find a solution to the situation in Gaza” because of divisions at the 15-member council.

The majority of UNSC member states said the body “should do something,” with some suggesting a visit to the region, but no decision was taken.

UNSC stands ‘paralyzed’

In turn, Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour criticized the council for failing to “shoulder its responsibility” to take action on the Gaza crisis, saying the world body’s most powerful organ was in fact “paralyzed.”

 “There is one country that is not allowing discussion at the council,” said Mansour, referring to the US, Israel’s staunch ally.

The senior Palestinian diplomat further condemned “in the strongest possible terms this aggression by Israel.”

“We want the Security Council to shoulder its responsibility with regard to this situation threatening international peace and security, and it is unfortunately, the Security Council is paralyzed. It did not shoulder its responsibility,” the official added.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Mansour expressed hope that the Gaza ceasefire – which took effect on Tuesday -- would hold.

The Palestinian envoy also complained that the “immoral, illegal, and ... inhumane” Israeli siege on Gaza has led to a “miserable situation” in the strip.

 “That blockade needs to be lifted so that the people in the Gaza Strip can begin the process of returning to a normal situation, as much as “normal” could be under occupation,” he added.

Gaza has been under a crippling siege since 2007 and witnessed three wars since 2008. It has also witnessed a fresh wave of tensions since March 30, which marked the start of “The Great March of Return” protests.

The Tel Aviv regime carries out regular attacks on the coastal enclave under the pretext of hitting positions belonging to Hamas.

Palestinians hail decisive response to Israel

Meanwhile, people took to the streets in different cities across Gaza, including Khan Yunis, Gaza City, Jabalia and Rafah to celebrate the victory of the resistance over Israel.

Similar rallies were held in the West Bank cities of Ramallah and al-Khalil to protest the Israeli aggression in Gaza.

 ‘Israel won’t respect truce’

In an interview with Press TV, Paul Larudee, with the Free Palestine Movement, cast doubt on Israel’s commitment to the new Egypt-brokered ceasefire.

He said the regime in Tel Aviv is after clearing the Palestinian land of its native people and replacing them with its own citizens.

They see such a truce as an obstacle to their “ethnic cleansing” campaign against the Palestinian people.

 “They are not going to respect it,” he said. “They have never respected anything that the United Nations has ever asked of them, at least for long.”

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