Brasilia, Oct 7 (EFE).- Brazil, which holds the Presidency of the UN Security Council, announced this Saturday that it will call an “emergency meeting” of the body in the face of the serious escalation of violence between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
“As president of the United Nations Security Council, Brazil will convene an emergency meeting of the body,” said the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in an official note.
Israel today declared a state of war after Palestinian militias in Gaza, led by the Islamist movement Hamas, launched a surprise and unprecedented operation, with more than a thousand rockets and infiltration into Israeli territory.
The offensive has so far left 40 dead and more than 700 injured in Israel, after the series of attacks launched by land, sea and air from Gaza, according to an Israeli medical source.
On the other hand, at least 198 Palestinians were killed and more than 1,600 injured by Israeli bombings in the Palestinian enclave, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
The Brazilian Government condemned the “bombings and ground attacks” and insisted that “there is no justification for resorting to violence, especially against civilians.”
In this sense, he urged the parties to “exercise maximum restraint in order to avoid a further escalation” of the conflict.
“Brazil regrets that in 2023, the year of the 30th anniversary of the Oslo Peace Accords, a serious and growing deterioration in the security situation between Israel and Palestine will be observed,” said the Foreign Ministry of the South American country.
The Executive of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva also reiterated his commitment “to the two-state solution”, within the “mutually agreed upon and internationally recognized” borders.
Likewise, he pointed out that “the mere management of the conflict does not constitute a viable alternative” for the definitive resolution of “the Israeli-Palestinian issue, with the resumption of peace negotiations being urgent.”