Abu Dhabi: The UAE has strongly condemned the Israeli airstrikes in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, which caused hundreds of deaths and injuries. It underscored that indiscriminate attacks will result in irreparable ramifications in the region.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in the UAE reaffirmed that an immediate ceasefire to prevent deaths is necessary. MoFA stressed the importance of protecting civilians according to international humanitarian law and international treaties, as well as the need to ensure that they are not targeted during conflict.
The Ministry asserted the importance of the United Nations General Assembly resolution, which calls for a humanitarian truce in Gaza and a cessation of hostilities.
MoFA underscored that the resolution is an important step towards de-escalation, protecting civilians, preserving their lives, and ensuring the immediate, safe, sustainable, and unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid.
On November 30, 2023, the United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting at the UAE’s request. This meeting was convened in response to Israel’s announcement of an expansion of ground operations in the Gaza Strip. The aim was to urge the international community to remain resolute in ending this cycle of conflict.
United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Chief Mr. Philippe Lazzarini has recently told the UN Security Council that Gaza’s entire population is “dehumanized.”
The UAE reiterates that the continued lack of a political horizon risks catastrophic repercussions, and disregarding the potential consequences would lead to devastating outcomes for the prospects of peace and stability in the region.
However, Israeli Prime Minister Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu has denied calls for a ceasefire with Hamas in a separate statement.