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The United Nations is concerned about the violence that causes civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip

Relatives mourn at the funeral of a Palestinian who died in a conflict with Israeli soldiers, in the West Bank city of Nablus on May 15, 2021. Photo: THX/VNA

Speaking to the press, Mr. Dujarric said that Secretary General Guterres was really concerned about the increase in casualties, including children, due to the Israeli airstrikes on May 15 on the al-Qaida military base. -Shati in the Gaza Strip. In addition, Mr. Guterres was also concerned about the damage caused by Israel’s air strike on the same day on an office building in Gaza, which is currently the headquarters of many international media offices. The UN chief said acts of violence against civilian and media facilities violate international law and should be avoided “at all costs”.

On the afternoon of May 15, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) fired rockets, causing a building in the Gaza Strip, including the offices of the AP news agency, Al-Jazeera and several other media outlets, to collapse. Local residents said that the people in the building were warned by the Israeli side in advance and evacuated before the attack. Earlier on the same day, sirens continued to sound throughout the Israeli city of Tel Aviv and surrounding areas as Hamas forces fired multiple rockets into the area. Israel’s Iron Dome (Iron Dome) defense system has activated the interception. However, a missile still hit the city center of Ramat Gan, in the Tel Aviv region, causing a car to catch fire and one occupant to die.

The UN Security Council is expected to meet on May 16 to discuss the violence in the Gaza Strip. US, Egyptian, and Qatari officials are also trying to mediate.

On the same day, May 15, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said that the country’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry had telephoned with his Saudi counterpart Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud about recent developments related to the Palestinian issue, especially the tensions in the Gaza Strip. According to the Vietnam News Agency correspondent in Cairo, at the phone call, the two sides discussed measures to ease tensions and prevent conflicts from escalating. The head of Egypt’s foreign ministry also shared with the Saudi foreign minister about Cairo’s efforts, including maintaining contact with all parties involved to promote an immediate ceasefire.

In addition, Egypt and Saudi Arabia agreed to continue coordinating and consulting with all parties in the coming time to stop the military escalation in the Gaza Strip and prevent the situation from deteriorating into an all-out confrontation. have serious consequences for regional peace. The two sides emphasized the need to resume a peaceful path towards a two-state solution, uphold the legitimate rights of Palestinians in order to build an independent state with East Jerusalem as the capital.

Pakistan has expressed support for Egypt’s efforts to forge a ceasefire between Israel and Palestine, and appreciates Cairo’s diplomatic moves to achieve that goal. In a phone call on May 15, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Qureshi discussed ways of coordination between the two countries in international and regional forums in general, as well as within the Organization Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in particular, with the aim of promoting diplomatic efforts to end the current crisis as well as achieve a lasting and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Arab countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar – which have always supported the Palestinian cause in the conflict with Israel – have called on all sides to de-escalation. tension, arguing that the current conflict could affect the peace and stability process in the region.

Egypt urges the parties not to use military means, and is promoting its mediation role to de-escalate tensions between Palestine and Israel. Two Egyptian security delegations have arrived in Gaza and Tel Aviv. Egypt has also called on the international community, led by the United Nations, to act urgently to prevent an all-out war.

From Tunisia, Foreign Minister Othman Al-Jarandi called for close coordination between the parties and unified efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. According to the Vietnam News Agency correspondent in North Africa, Al-Jarandi said he would conduct more diplomatic contacts with a number of his counterparts from neighboring countries, including permanent and non-permanent members of the country. United Nations Security Council, to continue discussing this issue.

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