Palestinian ambassador to UN warns about deteriorating situation

Fatma Elkholosy
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Palestinian Authority Ambassador Riyad Mansour speaks to the media after delievering 13 letters for accession to international conventions and treaties to the SG's office (via CdC) The treaties and conventions are: 1- The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 2- The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 3- The Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in armed conflict 4- The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women 5- The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 6- The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties 7- The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination 8- The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment 9- The United Nations Convention against Corruption 10- The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide 11- The International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid 12- The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 13- The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Accession letters for the following conventions were submitted to the Swiss and Dutch Representatives to the PA, respectively: 1- The Four Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 and the First Additional Protocol 2- The Hague Convention (IV) respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land and its annex: Regulations Concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land New York, 2 April 2014

The Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations (UN), Riyad Mansour, sent three warning messages about the deteriorating situation in Palestine on Saturday, after Israel launched on Friday more than 100 air strikes against Gaza.

The warnings were sent to the president of the UN Security Council, the UN secretary-general, and the president of the UN General Assembly, in which Mansour mentioned the injury of four Palestinians, and their fear of sparking another war, sustaining heavy casualties and suffering from loss of lives.

Mansour called on the Security Council to force Tel Aviv to stop its attacks against Palestine, in order to ensure the safety of civilians.

He also added in his messages that the Security Council must demand from Israel to respect the previous UN resolutions, especially Resolution No. 2334 adopted in 2016, which states that Israel’s settlement activity constitutes a flagrant violation of international law and has no legal validity, and it must immediately cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian frontier, including east Jerusalem. It also obliges Israel to stop violent activities and to abide to its obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Mansour stressed that the international community must act to prevent any accelerations or violent attacks by the Israeli forces against civilians.

On Friday morning, Israeli forces stated that they struck 100 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, in response to four rockets which were fired on Tel Aviv from the strip, adding that its targets included an office complex in Gaza which is allegedly used to plan and command Hamas’s attacks.

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