Envoy: Arab Group, OIC request UN emergency session to protect Palestinian civilians
June 14,2018 By:Xinhua
UNITED NATIONS, June 14, 2018 -- A Palestinian envoy said Friday that the Arab Group and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have requested a UN General Assembly emergency session to mobilize international protection for Palestinian civilians.
The President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak has received a letter from both the Arab Group and the OIC requesting the resumption of the 10th Emergency Special Session of the General Assembly "to have international protection for the civilian population" in the occupied territory, Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN, told reporters late afternoon in the backdrop that the tense situation in the Gaza Strip has been further escalating.
"We are preparing communications with all member states, explaining to them what we are doing, why we are doing it, and what we expect them to do in supporting this effort," Mansour added.
According to Mansour, on Friday alone, four Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire power in the Gaza Strip, 650 were injured, including seven seriously, who might "live their life as we speak."
"We condemn in the strongest terms of these atrocities against Palestinian civilian population," he said, noting that "what happened today adds to our argument, and to the urgency of providing international protection."
He expressed the wish "to mobilize the largest number of countries to support our effort."
The 10th Emergency Special Session of the General Assembly was convened for the first time in April 1997, following a request from the permanent representative of Qatar.
The session followed a series of Security Council and General Assembly meetings regarding the Israeli decision to build Har Homa, a 6,500 unit housing project, in the Jabal Abu Ghneim area of East Jerusalem.
The special session was last resumed on Dec. 21 2017 to consider the crisis in the Gaza Strip, at the request of the General Assembly president.