UN regrets Israeli statements on resolution calling for pauses in Gaza

The UN on Thursday expressed regret over Israeli statements regarding its resolution calling for urgent humanitarian pauses in the Gaza Strip.

“We regret the statements that we saw from the Israeli government on the resolution,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at his daily press briefing.

His remarks came a day after the UN Security Council adopted a resolution with 12 votes in favor, zero against, and three abstentions (the US, UK, and Russia) calling for urgent and extended humanitarian pauses in the Gaza Strip.

Israel, for its part, rejected the UN resolution, claiming that it was “detached from reality.”

“I mean, it was I think, as we all know, it was quite painful for the Council to get to the point of passing a resolution,” Dujarric added.

When asked by Anadolu whether UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres found the resolution sufficient, he said: “I think it is good that the Security Council found a way to move together in a direction towards halting the violence into this conflict.

“The fighting is continuing. Of course, more needs to be done.”

Israel has launched relentless air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip since a cross-border attack by the Palestinian group Hamas on Oct. 7.

At least 11,500 Palestinians have since been killed, including more than 7,800 women and children, and over 29,200 injured, according to the latest figures from Palestinian authorities.

A group of UN experts recently warned that Palestinians are “at a grave risk of genocide” as the Israeli government imposed a total blockade, cutting off the water, food, and electricity supplies to Gaza.

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