Saudi Arabia welcomes U.N. report on Israeli crimes in Gaza

A 36 year-old Palestinian mother Abeer, left, sits near her daughter, 19-month-old Anwar Saad, and her children at their family home in Gaza City. (AP)

Saudi Arabia welcomed the report of the U.N. Independent Commission of Inquiry into the 2014 Gaza blitzkrieg by Israel.

Saudi Ambassador and Permanent Representative to U.N. in Geneva, Faisal Al-Tarad highlighted what has been mentioned by U.S. judge Mary McGowan Davis, chairperson of the U.N. Committee, that the extent of the devastation and human suffering in Gaza Strip following the Israeli aggression is unprecedented and will affect the next generations.

McGowan also said that the Israeli blitzkrieg reflects the policy of the most terrible bloody racist regime in the world and confirms that the racist regime does not respect international conventions, it neglects all U.N. resolutions, and ignores humanitarian, ethical, legal rights.

In his speech at the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Al-Tarad said the report proves once again that Israel is the world’s leading violator of human rights, and that the international community, specially the U.N. Council Security and Human Rights Council, bears international responsibility to stop these violations.

According to the report’s findings, the 2014 hostilities saw a “huge increase” in the firepower used in Gaza with Israeli forces conducting more than 6,000 airstrikes and firing approximately 50,000 tank and artillery shells at targets within the enclave.

The explosion of force used by Israel ultimately resulted in 1,462 Palestinian civilian casualties, a third of which were children.
Moreover, the fighting in Gaza also resulted in the massive destruction of civilian infrastructure with some 100,000 residents still homeless, according to recent U.N. estimates.

Much of the destruction, notes the U.N. report, could be blamed on Israel’s use of weaponry with a wide kill and injury radius, particularly in the densely populated areas of Gaza where destruction and casualties are very likely.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48