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  HE GCCSG Welcomes the Issuance of the Security Council Resolution Calling for an Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza in the Holy Month of Ramadan

General Secretariat - Riyadh
His Excellency Mr Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), welcomed the issuance of the Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza during the holy month of Ramadan. The resolution aims to achieve a permanent and sustainable ceasefire, release all hostages, ensure parties' compliance with their obligations under international law, and expand the flow of humanitarian aid to civilians in the entire Gaza Strip while enhancing their protection.

HE the Secretary General expressed his hope that this resolution will lead to alleviating the suffering of the people of Gaza, and contribute to stopping the escalation and the targeting of Palestinian civilians and their forced displacement, hoping to achieve a comprehensive halt to the crisis and end the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people.

Furthermore, His Excellency reiterated the need for the international community to assume its responsibility in dealing with the crisis with unified standards, and to provide international protection for the brotherly Palestinian people, holding Israel legally responsible for its ongoing attacks that have targeted innocent civilians and resulted in the killing of tens of thousands of civilians in the Gaza Strip, most of them of women and children, in clear violation of international law and international humanitarian law.

HE the Secretary General called on the Israeli occupation forces to immediately comply with this resolution and adhere to United Nations resolutions and the requirements of international humanitarian law, while immediately stopping targeting civilians in Gaza, and humanitarian institutions and headquarters, including hospitals, schools and shelters.

Additionally, HE Mr Albudaiwi reiterated the urgent need to find a comprehensive and lasting solution to the Palestinian cause, to end the ongoing suffering and give the Palestinian people hope and the ability to achieve their basic rights to live in security and self-determination, by enabling the Palestinians to establish their Palestinian state within the 1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as the capital, in accordance with the relevant international resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.