Brazil summons UN Security Council for urgent talks on Israel crisis

| Updated: 09 October, 2023 12:23 pm IST
Hamas and Israel have reached another week of conflict

NEW DELHI: On Saturday, Brazil’s Foreign Ministry declared its intent to convene an urgent session of the United Nations Security Council in reaction to the most substantial assault on Israel in years. As the current chair of the UN Security Council, Brazil issued an official statement vehemently denouncing the recent attacks and expressing solidarity with Israel. The nation reaffirmed its backing for a “two-state solution,” underlining the importance of Palestine and Israel peacefully coexisting within mutually agreed and internationally recognised borders.

“The Brazilian government reiterates that there is no justification for resorting to violence, especially against civilians, and urges all parties to exercise maximum restraint to prevent an escalation of the situation,” the country’s Foreign Ministry said.

“The mere management of the conflict is not a viable alternative for addressing the Israeli-Palestinian issue, and the resumption of peace negotiations is urgent,” it added.

The council has scheduled the session for Sunday. A statement released on Saturday announced that the council will assemble on Sunday at 3 pm local time (1900 GMT) to deliberate on “the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.”

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Previously, several countries, including the US, strongly criticised the attack launched by “Hamas militants” on Israel. Regarding Hamas’ actions against Israel, Jake Sullivan, the US National Security Advisor, stated, “The UK unequivocally condemns the horrific attacks by Hamas on Israeli civilians. The UK will always support Israel’s right to defend itself.”

“Violence and rockets against innocent civilians must stop now. We stand in full solidarity with Israel and its right under international law to defend itself against terror,” said German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock calling for a ceasefire in Israel.

Following a sudden rocket assault launched by Palestinian Hamas militants, Israel declared a “state of war” and commenced airstrikes on the Gaza Strip on Saturday. Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, directed the country’s military to respond by clearing towns that had been infiltrated by Hamas militants.

These regions became battlegrounds where fierce confrontations occurred between the militants and Israeli troops. The assault resulted in a death toll of at least 100 people, with many others being taken as hostages.

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