Wednesday, April 24, 2024

‘Look at Yazan’: Palestine’s Riyad Mansour tells world to look at children in Gaza at UNGA

Riyad Mansour, Palestine’s representative to the United Nations, told the world to look at the children in Gaza who are losing their lives or limbs, either to starvation imposed by Israel or the bombs it drops on the besieged enclave.

“Look at Yazan,” he told the UN General Assembly session in New York, holding up an image of Yazan al-Kafarneh, a Palestinian child who died today of malnutrition. Images of him, gaunt and pale, made an impact on social media users as they circulated online.

“He was a lively boy,” Mansour said. “He was killed by Israel using starvation as a weapon of war.”

“The era of Israeli impunity must come to an end, and we should enter a new era of accountability and sanctions.”

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The number of children who have died as a result of malnutrition and inadequate medical care in Gaza has increased to 16.

UN General Assembly convenes to discuss US veto on Gaza resolution, UNRWA

The assembly is now in session to debate the February 20 veto by the US that prevented yet another resolution on an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip from passing.

The meeting, which started in New York, will look at Washington’s third veto to protect Israel since its war on Gaza started in October.

The UNGA will also be briefed by Philippe Lazzarini, the head of UNRWA, the UN aid agency for Palestinian refugees.

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