By Afshain Afzal
The United Nations Organization has, at last, played its due role for peace in the world. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has invoked Article 99 of the UN Charter, urging the UN Security Council to act on the war in Gaza. The Article allows the secretary-general to bring to the attention of the Security Council any matter which in his opinion may threaten the maintenance of international peace and security. out new threats to international peace and security
There can be no second opinion that due to the Israeli genocide of Muslim Palestinians in Gaza and other Israeli-occupied territories, the situation is likely to aggravate directly hinder the maintenance of international peace and security.
UN News website reports, “In his letter to the Council president, Mr. Guterres said the more than eight weeks of fighting overall had created appalling human suffering, physical destruction and collective trauma across Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.”
He highlighted the more than 1,200 “brutally killed” by militants on 7 October, including 33 children, and the 130 people still being held captive.
“They must be immediately and unconditionally released. Accounts of sexual violence during these attacks are appalling”, the UN chief added.
As Israel continues to target Hamas fighters, he said civilians throughout the Strip face grave danger, with over 15,000 reportedly killed, over 40 per cent of them children.
Around 80 per cent of Gazans are displaced, over 1.1 million seeking refuge in UN Palestine refugee agency (UNRWA) shelters.
Now it is right time to carry out trial of the Israeli regime at Tel Aviv and the Israel Defence Forces for the genocide of orthodox Muslim Palestinians and censuring those in alliance with Israel.