UN / GAZA POLITICAL HUMANITARIAN

18-Oct-2023 00:04:54
The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, warned the Security Council today that the current crisis “is one of the most difficult moments facing the Israeli and Palestinian people in the last 75 years.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 18 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

18 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, United Nations:
“I have to be very honest here now and say that this is one of the most difficult moments facing the Israeli and Palestinian people in the last 75 years. The massacre and despicable acts of violence and terror perpetrated by Hamas against Israelis on 7 October are seared into our collective memories.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, United Nations:
“Hundreds of Palestinians were killed – patients and those seeking shelter – when the al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza City was struck by lethal fire. The circumstances of this catastrophe and responsibility still needs to be fully clarified, and we will need a fact based, full investigation, and broad investigation.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, United Nations:
“I fear that we are at the brink of a deep and dangerous abyss that could change the trajectory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, if not of the Middle East as a whole. After more than a century of conflict and over half-a-century of occupation, we in the international community have failed, collectively, to bring the parties to a just, sustainable political resolution.”
8. Med shot, Council members
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, United Nations:
“We need the time and space to achieve two urgent objectives: Hamas’ immediate, unconditional release of all hostages; and secondly, unrestricted access of humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza. The third thing must be collective efforts to end the hostilities and prevent any further expansion of the conflict to the region.”
10. Med shot, Security Council president
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA):
“There is real risk of the situation spiraling out of control. What the people of Israel, Palestine and the region need, what we all need, what this Council’s mandate is in existence to secure, is for sanity and humanity to prevail, drawing on the provisions of international humanitarian law, and for urgent efforts to arrest any further descent into this brutal calamity.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
“Of course, we implore the parties to respect international humanitarian law and, by the way, I want to be very clear, a ceasefire would go a long way to easing the epic human suffering.”
13. Wide shot, Security Council
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“Last night, President Biden directed his national security team to continue gathering information about what exactly happened. While we continue to collect information, our current assessment based on analysis of overhead imagery, intercepts and open source information is that Israel is not responsible for the explosion at the hospital in Gaza yesterday.”
15. Med shot, Security Council
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, State of Palestine:
“For those who think they can avert a humanitarian catastrophe and a regional spill over while Israel continue continues bombing and killing Palestinians, think again. The region is united in telling you it is not possible. Listen to them. The only way to prevent both is to stop this criminal aggression against our people.”
17. Med shot, Council members
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilad Erdan, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Israel:
“Look at what is going on here. 11 days after Isis-like Hamas terrorists attempted to carry out another Jewish genocide, this Council is not even focused on their heinous crimes. Up until today, you have not even done the most basic thin. You have not condemned, as a Council, Hamas’ brutal terror attack.”
19. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, warned the Security Council today (18 Oct) that the current crisis “is one of the most difficult moments facing the Israeli and Palestinian people in the last 75 years.”

Wennesland added, “The massacre and despicable acts of violence and terror perpetrated by Hamas against Israelis on 7 October are seared into our collective memories.”

Referring to Tuesday’s strike in a hospital in Gaza, the Special Coordinator said, “Hundreds of Palestinians were killed – patients and those seeking shelter – when the al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza City was struck by lethal fire. The circumstances of this catastrophe and responsibility still needs to be fully clarified, and we will need a fact based, full investigation, and broad investigation.”

Wennesland added, “I fear that we are at the brink of a deep and dangerous abyss that could change the trajectory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, if not of the Middle East as a whole. After more than a century of conflict and over half-a-century of occupation, we in the international community have failed, collectively, to bring the parties to a just, sustainable political resolution.”

The Special Coordinator said that the world needs “the time and space to achieve two urgent objectives: Hamas’ immediate, unconditional release of all hostages; and secondly, unrestricted access of humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza.”

“The third thing must be collective efforts to end the hostilities and prevent any further expansion of the conflict to the region,” concluded Wennesland.

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, told Council members that there is “real risk of the situation spiraling out of control.”

Griffiths added, “What the people of Israel, Palestine and the region need, what we all need, what this Council’s mandate is in existence to secure, is for sanity and humanity to prevail, drawing on the provisions of international humanitarian law, and for urgent efforts to arrest any further descent into this brutal calamity.”

The humanitarian affairs chief concluded, “Of course, we implore the parties to respect international humanitarian law and, by the way, I want to be very clear, a ceasefire would go a long way to easing the epic human suffering.”

Also mentioning Tuesday’s strike, the US ambassador, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said, “Last night, President Biden directed his national security team to continue gathering information about what exactly happened. While we continue to collect information, our current assessment based on analysis of overhead imagery, intercepts and open source information is that Israel is not responsible for the explosion at the hospital in Gaza yesterday.”

Riyad H. Mansour, the Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine, told Council members, “For those who think they can avert a humanitarian catastrophe and a regional spill over while Israel continue continues bombing and killing Palestinians, think again.”

“The region is united in telling you it is not possible. Listen to them. The only way to prevent both is to stop this criminal aggression against our people,” said Mansour.

Israel’s Permanent Representative, Gilad Erdan, asked the Council to “look at what is going on here.”

Erdan added, “11 days after Isis-like Hamas terrorists attempted to carry out another Jewish genocide, this Council is not even focused on their heinous crimes. Up until today, you have not even done the most basic thin. You have not condemned, as a Council, Hamas’ brutal terror attack.”
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