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UN chief says armed forces need in Gaza to protect Palestinians

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Published: 20 August 2018

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Report by Secretary-General suggests UN-mandated forces should be deployed. Israeli ambassador replies that Palestinians need protection from Hamas

UN chief suggests options for 'improved Palestinian protection' (Jerusalem Post)
The protection of Palestinian civilians could be improved by the deployment of UN-mandated armed forces or unarmed observers, a beefed-up UN civilian presence, or expanded UN assistance, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote on Friday in a report.

The United Nations General Assembly requested the report in a resolution adopted in June that condemned Israel for excessive force against Palestinian civilians and denounced the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israeli civilian areas, but did not mention Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the coastal enclave.

Danon says Gazans need protection from Hamas, not Israel (Times of Israel)
Israel's UN envoy derides 'delusional' proposals by Guterres to protect civilians in Gaza and West Bank; says terror group governing Strip 'uses the people in Gaza as hostages'
Photo: UN Secretary-General Guterres (Reuters)

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