Kuwait has called on the UN Security Council to act immediately to stop Israeli crimes and violence against Palestinians before it is too late, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported yesterday.
The remarks came in a written speech, presented by Kuwait’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi, during the Security Council session on the situation in the Middle East.
Kuwait and other Arab countries have boosted their efforts to stand in the face of the Israeli escalation in the past few months, as the world was trying to fight the spread of COVID-19, said Al-Otaibi.
Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti diplomat noted that in June, member states of the Security Council warned Israel against annexing up to 30 per cent of the occupied West Bank, considering the move a violation of international law.
He said that Israel continues to expand settlements, violating UN resolution 2334, and preventing the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, he added.
Al-Otaibi pointed out that Israel exploits every global crisis to escalate attacks against Palestinians, calling on the 15-member body to exert further efforts to bring Israel to justice.
He also called for ending Israel’s siege on the Gaza Strip, its detention of Palestinians and demolition of their homes, as well as protecting them from crimes committed by settlers.
Al Otaibi stressed on the importance of expanding the commission of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
Source: The news was originally published by Middle East Monitor, along with the cover photo, captioned as: (L to R) Ambassador of Kuwait to the United Nations Mansour Al-Otaibi talks to Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations Riyad Mansour at the start of a UN Security Council meeting concerning the violence at the border of Israel and the Gaza Strip, at United Nations headquarters, 15 May 2018 in New York City. [Drew Angerer/Getty Images].