Tuesday, March 5, 2024

‘Palestinian people are here to stay’: Riyad Mansour, UN Palestinian ambassador

Riyad Mansour, the UN Palestinian ambassador, told the UN General Assembly his people are “being slaughtered,” with entire families killed and stressed that “the horrors need to end and the only way to end them is a ceasefire.”

“The whole world is calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire,” Mansour said, accusing Israel of “destroying everything to make Gaza unlivable.”

But he added: “The Palestinian people are here to stay.”

Israel ministers have repeatedly called for the “voluntary emigration” of Palestinians from Gaza.

Mansour said: “This assault is without precedent in modern history – in the scale and pace in the killing of children, of UN personnel, of medical and rescue teams, of journalists.”

Meanwhile, Israel intensified bombing and ground incursions in central and southern Gaza with dozens killed in overnight attacks, including 15 from one family in Rafah City – an Israeli-declared “safe zone.”

At least 23,210 people have been killed and more than 59,100 wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7.

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