UN special rapporteur says Israeli strikes on Gaza are ‘illegal’ | Israel-Palestine conflict News

Francesca Albanez calls on the United Nations to research whether or not Israel has breached worldwide legislation and guarantee accountability.

The United Nations particular rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories says Israel’s air raids on the besieged Gaza Strip “not solely are unlawful however irresponsible”, calling for a diplomatic resolution to the newest bout of violence, which started on Friday when Israel launched air assaults on Gaza Metropolis.

“The state of affairs in Gaza is on the verge of a humanitarian disaster,” Francesca Albanez advised Al Jazeera.

“The one option to safe the wellness of Palestinians wherever they’re is to carry the siege and permit support to enter.”

Israel has characterised the assault as a “preemptive” act of self-defence in opposition to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group and stated its operation might final every week.

Albanez blasted the US for saying that it believed Israel had the precise to defend itself. “Israel can’t declare that it’s defending itself on this battle,” Albanez stated.

The US ambassador to Israel, Tom Nides, wrote on Twitter on Friday: “The USA firmly believes that Israel has a proper to guard itself. We’re participating with totally different events and urge all sides for calm.”

His remarks have been echoed by British International Secretary Liz Truss, who stated the UK “stands by Israel and its proper to defend itself”, and condemned the “terrorist teams firing at civilians and violence which has resulted in casualties on either side”.

At the very least 31 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza and 260 injured since Friday. No critical casualties had been reported on the Israeli aspect as of Sunday, because the Iron Dome defence system shot down 97 % of missiles launched from the besieged strip, in accordance with its navy.

“Safety is one thing I demanded in Palestine, and that’s not me alone. It’s crucial … to guard civilian lives,” Albanez stated. “[Israel] can’t be defending itself from civilians since 1967.”

The particular rapporteur, who’s an impartial knowledgeable chargeable for monitoring human rights violations within the occupied Palestinian territories and referring them to the UN, referred to as on the worldwide physique to establish whether or not worldwide legislation had been breached in Gaza and guarantee accountability.

“I imagine lack of accountability strengthens Israel,” Albanez stated. “I see ending occupation as the answer.”

An impartial fee of inquiry arrange by the UN Human Rights Council after a brutal struggle in Gaza in Might 2021 stated Israel should do extra than simply “ending the occupation” of land that Palestinian leaders need for a future state.

“Ending the occupation alone won’t be enough,” the report printed in June discovered. It added that motion have to be taken to make sure the equal enjoyment of human rights for Palestinians.

Nevertheless, it cited proof that Israel had “no intention of ending the occupation” however was as a substitute pursuing “full management” of the territories taken in 1967.

The fee discovered the Israeli authorities to have been “appearing to change the demography via the upkeep of a repressive setting for Palestinians and a beneficial setting for Israeli settlers”.

The US give up the Council in 2018 citing “continual bias” in opposition to Israel and totally rejoined solely this yr.

In Might 2021, an 11-day-long navy offensive on Gaza killed greater than 260 Palestinians and injured over 2,000. 13 individuals have been killed in Israel.

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