Arab League calls for UN peacekeepers in occupied Palestinian territory | Israel’s war against Gaza News

Arab leaders accuse Israel of obstructing ceasefire efforts in Gaza and demand an end to its war on Palestinian territory.

The Arab League has called for a United Nations peacekeeping force in the occupied Palestinian territory at a summit dominated by Israel’s continued deadly attack on the Gaza Strip.

The meeting of Arab heads of state and government was held in Bahrain on Tuesday, more than seven months after Israel’s offensive in Gaza that has convulsed the entire region.

The “Manama Declaration” issued by the 22-member bloc called for “international protection and United Nations peacekeeping forces in the occupied Palestinian territories” until a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is implemented.

He called for an immediate end to fighting in the Gaza Strip and blamed Israeli “obstruction” for the failure of ceasefire negotiations.

“We emphasize the need to immediately stop Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip, withdraw Israeli occupation forces from all areas of the Strip (and) lift the siege imposed on it,” the statement said.

The statement blamed Israel for the continuation of the war.

“We strongly condemn Israel’s obstruction of ceasefire efforts in the Gaza Strip and its continued military escalation by expanding its aggression against the Palestinian city of Rafah, despite international warnings about the disastrous humanitarian consequences,” said.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, who mediates between Hamas and Israel along with Qatar and the United States, also said Israel was evading efforts to reach a ceasefire.

“Those who think that military and security solutions are capable of securing interests or achieving security are delusional,” El-Sisi said at the summit before its conclusion.

A widely criticized Israeli ground operation is underway in the southern Gaza city of Rafah. More than a million displaced Palestinians had sought refuge in the area, after being forced to flee their homes in other parts of Gaza that had come under heavy Israeli bombing since October. According to the UN, approximately 600,000 people have fled the area since Israel launched its attack earlier this month.

The Arab League statement also reiterated a long-standing call for a two-state solution along Israel’s borders before the 1967 war, with East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.

The statement called on “all Palestinian factions to unite under the umbrella of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO),” which is dominated by Hamas’s political rivals, Fatah.

The Arab League said it considered the PLO “the only legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.”

Israel’s attack has killed at least 35,272 people, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry, and severe Israeli restrictions on food, water, fuel and humanitarian supplies have led to severe food shortages and the threat of famine spreads from north to south.

The Arab League also “strongly condemned attacks on commercial ships,” referring to dozens of attacks on vital shipping lanes in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

The Iran-aligned Houthis say they are attacking Israeli-linked ships in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza. The Arab League said the attacks “threaten freedom of navigation, international trade and the interests of the countries and people of the world.”

The declaration added the commitment of Arab nations to “guarantee freedom of navigation in the Red Sea” and its surroundings.

The Arab League was founded in 1945 to promote regional cooperation and resolve disputes. However, it is generally considered ineffective and has long struggled to help resolve conflicts in the region.

In an Arab-Israeli war in 1967, Israel seized the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

Israel had annexed East Jerusalem and successive Israeli governments have encouraged settlement construction in the Palestinian territories.

Under international law, the Palestinian territories remain occupied and Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank are considered illegal.

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