The UN General Assembly has called a special session on the ongoing Gaza situation. This session will be held tomorrow Tuesday at 3 pm local time in New York. Qatar-based media Al Jazeera reported this information citing the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Dennis Francis.
Dennis Francis has already sent a letter to all the member states of the United Nations informing them of the special session. The letter mentioned that this special session was convened at the request of Egypt and Mauritania.
Egypt is the president of Arab Group of Arab countries. On the other hand, Mauritania is the president of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation of Countries (OIC), an alliance of Muslim countries.
Earlier, Egypt and Mauritania wrote to the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Denis Francis. In the letter, referring to UN General Assembly Resolution 377, the two countries urged to be ‘united for peace’. The UN General Assembly approved this resolution in 1950. According to Resolution 377, the 193 members of the Council can take action if the UN Security Council fails to protect international peace and security.
The United Arab Emirates presented a resolution to the UN Security Council last Friday calling for a cease-fire in Gaza. But the proposal was not passed because the permanent member of the council, America, vetoed it. However, 13 of the 15 member states voted in favor of the proposal. And the United Kingdom abstained from voting.
After the resolution was not passed, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres lamented that the Security Council has become virtually ineffective due to the lack of consensus among its members. Meanwhile, Russia strongly criticized the US veto. Because of this, there has been a massive destruction and humanitarian disaster in Gaza, Russian ambassador to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyansky, complained.
In the last 24 hours, 297 people have died in the Israeli attack in Gaza. About 18,000 Palestinians have been killed and 49,500 injured in Israeli bombardment since October 7. Since the beginning of the war, Hamas attacks have killed approximately 1,200 people in Israel.