“There remains a significant risk of a significant further deterioration of the situation in the occupied West Bank or spillover of the conflict in the region,” confirmed
UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland
Wennesland stated that “violence in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, has increased since the outbreak of war” during a briefing to the UN Security Council on the Middle East situation, particularly the Palestinian question.
Hundreds of Palestinians have died at the hands of Israeli soldiers or settlers since October 7, including 28 children.
He emphasized that Gaza was under total siege by the Israeli occupation, which prevented the entry of any supplies, including gasoline, food, water, electricity, and medical supplies.
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Entire communities are in ruins because of the extent of the physical devastation, and vital infrastructure has also been harmed or destroyed. Hospitals, many of which house displaced Palestinians, and schools, including UNRWA schools, have been severely damaged. The degree of displacement is unparalleled,” he declared.
He called for an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire” and reaffirmed the need for aid to enter the Strip in a secure and continuous manner.
Citing the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip that has been in place for more than 15 years, he urged the Security Council to call for “an urgent end to the bloodshed” and to stop the war from spreading further.
“For a generation, hope has been lost and despair has prevailed for those who see prospects for a more peaceful future pulling still further away,” he added. “Only a political solution will move us forward.”
He reiterated that the actions they take to resolve this crisis must be carried out in a way that eventually advances a negotiated peace that satisfies the rightful national ambitions, in keeping with the long-held two-state vision, in compliance with international law, UN resolutions, and prior agreements.