Since May 10, more than 210 people have died in the Gaza Strip, including at least 61 children, and more than 1.400 have been injured, in the largest escalation of violence between the Hebrew country and the Gaza Strip since 2014.
The spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Zhao Lijian, denounced yesterday that the United States approved a sale of high-precision remote-controlled weapons to Israel for about 735 million dollars. He affirmed that Washington "is preparing to add fuel to the fire."
“In the face of conflicts that are leading to the deaths of increasing numbers of innocent civilians, the United States must shoulder its responsibilities, take a just stance, and work with the majority of members of the international community to support the Security Council in its due role in promoting the mitigation of the consequences of the situation, rebuilding trust and political settlement, ”the spokesperson reiterated.
Since the beginning of the fighting, Washington has spoken out in favor of a ceasefire, but also expressed its support for Israel to defend itself from the attacks.
The Washington Post reported on Monday that the Biden administration has given the green light to the sale of weapons to Israel.
According to the US media, the US Congress was notified on May 5 of the plans to carry out the transaction, that is, almost a week before the Hamas group began its missile attacks against Israeli territory.
Security Council in silence
The Palestinian ambassador to the UN, Riyad Mansur, described yesterday as "shameful" the silence on the situation in the Middle East maintained by the United Nations Security Council, where the blockade continues due to the United States' refusal to support an appeal to cease-fire.
"Everybody is saying something and the institution responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security met three times in emergency sessions and was not allowed to issue a position calling for a ceasefire and to stop this aggression against the Palestinian people." , lament.
Since last week, China, Norway and Tunisia have sought the adoption of a declaration in the Security Council, a text that for the moment continues to hold back the United States, which argues that it would not be useful while diplomatic efforts continue to try to stop fighting.
According to the UN, more than 58.000 people have been displaced by the violence in Gaza and some 47.000 of them have taken refuge in schools of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).
The escalation of tensions between Israel and Palestine has reached its peak in recent days after weeks of mounting hostility. AGENCIES