Iran’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations said that Gaza is experiencing a challenging time, people there are facing unabated war crimes and crimes against humanity by the Israeli regime.

Iran PressAmerica: Addressing the Informal Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly on the Humanitarian Situation in the Gaza Strip, Iranian envoy to the United Nations, Amir Saeid Iravani said: "Sympathy is no longer enough in such a dire situation. The people of Gaza, who continue to suffer from Israel’s vicious war, expect concrete support from the UN."

Iravani while appreciating the UN for convening this meeting, added: "I would also like to thank all the briefers for their informative remarks. Gaza is experiencing a challenging time and its people are facing unabated war crimes and crimes against humanity by the Israeli regime. The people of Gaza expect concrete support from the United Nations. Their land is still under occupation and they continue to suffer from Israel's vicious war despite worldwide calls for a ceasefire, notably voiced in resolutions adopted by the General Assembly urging an end to hostilities and in appeals from the Security Council for humanitarian pauses."

Iranian senior diplomat went on to say: "In such a dire situation, sympathy is no longer enough. There is generally an expectation that the content of the Security Council resolution should have included the main elements of the resolution of the General Assembly that was adopted with a majority of 121 votes, especially its key point that there is a most urgent need for an immediate, sustainable and durable truce for civilians."

Regrettably, some members of the Security Council who voted in favor of the General Assembly resolution refused to agree to an amendment that included a demand for a truce to avoid vetoing it. Consequently, this has resulted in an adopted resolution lacking adequate provision for ending the war, which is essential for ceasing Israel's atrocities against innocent civilians in Gaza, Iravani added.

Iran's ambassador to the UN went on to say: "What has happened since this resolution was adopted? Has there been a decrease in attacks on innocent people? Has Gaza's population received sufficient humanitarian assistance? The answer is NO. Instead, during this meeting, it was stated by representatives of Israel that they would do whatever they wished. This regime has directly attacked three UNRWA schools housing thousands of Palestinian displaced families only since Friday."

Iravani, also, said that all this is because there is a fundamental problem and missing gap in this resolution; it lacks an executive guarantee and is not legally binding.

Accordingly, we believe that it falls upon the General Assembly to play a leading role based on the powers and authority granted to it by the Charter of the United Nations. During these last two years, its capacity has been used to address issues related to peace and security; now, we expect similar action from the international community to assist the Palestinian people during their current catastrophic situation, Iravani concluded.


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