NIn a joint statement, the 15 member states of the UN Security Council said they took note of Israel’s announcement to open the Erez crossing and allow the use of the port of Ashdod to deliver aid to Gaza, but stressed that “more should be done” to bring aid on the necessary scale to the enclave, the target of intense Israeli bombing since last October.

Israel announced last week, after a firm warning from Washington, the opening of the Erez crossing point and the use of the Israeli port of Ashdod (south).

But these measures have not yet been implemented.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant indicated on Wednesday that measures were in preparation.

The UN body also demanded that all parties to the conflict fully respect the protected status of humanitarian workers, facilities and operations under international law.

Giving special emphasis to the Israeli airstrikes that killed seven members of the non-governmental organization (NGO) World Central Kitchen at the beginning of the month, the Security Council stressed that, since the start of this war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in October In the past, at least 224 humanitarian workers have died, “more than three times the number of humanitarian personnel killed in any conflict recorded in a single year”.

The members of the Security Council highlighted the need for accountability for all these incidents, as well as a “complete, transparent and comprehensive” investigation into the attack against the NGO, which the Israeli Government admitted, but justified as having occurred “unintentionally”.

Recognizing the extremely difficult and dangerous conditions under which humanitarian workers operate in Gaza, the Security Council has called on parties to the conflict to “immediately” correct any deficiencies in humanitarian reporting mechanisms.

In this joint statement, the 15 Member States also emphasized the imperative for all parties to immediately and fully implement the resolutions already approved by the Security Council on the war in Gaza.

This statement comes after the United States – one of the permanent members of the Security Council and with veto power – caused controversy by considering as “non-binding” a resolution approved last month by the Council that demanded an immediate ceasefire in Gaza during Ramadan, the holy month of Islam.

In the note released today, the Council once again demanded an immediate ceasefire during the month of Ramadan, despite this sacred period for Muslims having already ended on April 9, once again showing a gap in the positions taken by the UN Security Council .

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