While Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip is ongoing, it is premature to discuss the issue of sending UN peacekeepers into the conflict zone. This was stated on December 17 by the director of the department of international organizations of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Pyotr Ilyichev.
According to him, against the backdrop of escalating violence in the Middle East in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, scenarios are being proposed to restore security. These include the deployment of peacekeeping forces under the auspices of the UN, similar to the disengagement areas between Israel and Syria, as well as Israel and Lebanon.
“However, at present, in the context of the ongoing Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip and military raids in the West Bank, a practical discussion of such initiatives is premature,” he said in an interview with RIA Novosti.
Ilyichev also pointed out that Moscow regrets that the UN Security Council has been unable to fulfill its direct mandate as the main body for maintaining international peace and security for more than 60 days.
“US representatives in the UN Security Council have already twice (October 18 and December 8) single-handedly used their veto power against the Brazilian and Emirati draft resolutions demanding a ceasefire,” he explained.
Earlier, on December 16, Israeli forces struck the area of one of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) schools in Deir al-Balah in central Gaza. According to the WAFA agency, there were deaths among women and children, their number is not specified.
According to the latest data, as a result of Israeli shelling in the Gaza Strip, 18,608 people were killed and the number of injured exceeded 50,594. The number of Israeli casualties is 1,405, with another 5.6 thousand injured.
Earlier, on December 12, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict zone. 153 states, including Russia and China, voted for the resolution, 10 countries voted against it, and another 23 states abstained from voting.
The situation in the Middle East escalated on the morning of October 7, when the Hamas movement subjected Israeli territory to massive rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, and also invaded the border areas in the south of the country and took hostages. That same day, Israel began retaliating against targets in the Gaza Strip.
Palestinians are seeking to return the borders between the two countries to the lines that existed before the 1967 Six-Day War. Palestine wants to create its own state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and make East Jerusalem its capital. Israel refuses the conditions set.