June 14, 2024, NEW YORK – Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) welcomes the United Nations Security Council’s adoption of Resolution 2735 earlier this week calling for a three-phase ceasefire deal to end the war in Gaza and Israel. This would include the unconditional release of all civilians held captive, the withdrawal of Israeli forces from populated areas, facilitation of humanitarian assistance and other measures to prevent further civilian harm. 

“After eight months of unrelenting conflict and a staggering toll on civilian life, this is a promising step that must now be implemented by all parties to the conflict. Observing international humanitarian law and upholding all legal obligations is imperative, and absolutely necessary for direly needed humanitarian aid to reach 2.3 million Palestinians trapped in Gaza,” said Wendy MacClinchy, Director of the United Nations Program at CIVIC.  

CIVIC calls for immediate implementation of the terms of the resolution by the warring parties. They should recall and heed their primary obligations to protect all civilians, respect international law and cease unlawful attacks. Israel must facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid and end the deprivation of critical supplies and infrastructure. Palestinian armed groups must release remaining civilian hostages without delay. 

CIVIC also urges all UN member states to use their influence to halt ongoing escalation by suspending arms transfers to Israel and Palestinian armed groups and supporting sustained peace and stability efforts through international collaboration. 

 

 

For more information, please contact:    

CIVIC Communications, comms@civiliansinconflict.org, +1 208 403 4216 (WhatsApp)

 

Image courtesy of UN / Eskinder Debebe
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