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UNSC resolution on Gaza crisis ‘nearly meaningless’: Doctors Without Borders

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Calling the United Nations Security Council resolution on Gaza “nearly meaningless”, the emergency medical group Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) said it falls painfully short of what is required to address the crisis in Gaza: an immediate and sustained ceasefire.

After days of negotiations and delay, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution demanding the parties to the conflict allow and facilitate safe and unhindered humanitarian access at scale to Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

The vote was 13-0 in favour of the resolution, with the United States and Russia abstaining.

The final resolution is a watered-down version of the original draft, containing only a vague call for steps to be taken to “create the conditions for a sustainable cessation of hostilities.”

The resolution also requests the UN secretary-general to appoint a coordinator to facilitate the flow of aid into Gaza.

This resolution has been watered down due to fear of it being vetoed by the US.

“The way Israel is prosecuting this war, with US support, is causing massive death and suffering among Palestinian civilians and is inconsistent with international norms and laws. Even war has rules,” reads the statement.

More and more member states recognize that a ceasefire is indispensable to addressing the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza, yet the Council has yet again failed to call for one.

“The United States government remains intent on blocking effective Security Council action on Gaza, rejecting earlier drafts of the resolution, calling for an “urgent and sustainable cessation of hostilities.” The Biden administration also vetoed a draft resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire on December 8. Thousands of civilians have been killed, injured, and displaced in the two weeks since then.”

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