Iran VP asks UN chief to prevent humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza

Tehran, Aug 13, IRNA – Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar on Saturday asked United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to prevent humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza.
Head of Department of Environment in her letter called for immediate halt of human effects of environmental pollution in Gaza with the help of UN Environment Program.

She recalled UN human rights obligations and noted that Gazan people are under severe humanitarian conditions.

Since Israel prevents dispatch of humanitarian reliefs to Gazan people, it is only the UN that can prevent escalation of human crisis in the war torn region, the vice president underlined.

She called for removal of Gaza blockade as an essential part of any humanitarian measure for the region.

Iran is ready to host an extraordinary meeting of the UNEA, Ebtekar added.

She asserted that UN should hold an immediate meeting on the sidelines of UN climate summit or 69th Session of the UN General Assembly to be held in September.

Over 2,000 Gazans, mostly women and children, have been killed and more than 11,000 others were severely wounded in the Israeli forcesˈ war against the besiged Strip since July 8.

On Wednesday night, Israeli officials and Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas agreed to extend ceasefire for five days ending on Monday night.



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