| 4 March 2024, Monday |

GCC summit: Qatar’s emir calls on UNSC to force Israel to return to negotiating table

The emir of Qatar demanded on Tuesday that the UN Security Council compel Israel to resume talks over the Gaza War, calling the international community’s inaction to end the fighting “shameful.”

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani addressed Gulf leaders gathered in the Qatari capital of Doha for a regional summit, saying, “It is shameful for the international community to allow this heinous crime to continue for nearly two months, during which the systematic and deliberate killing of innocent civilians, including women and children,”

The Palestinian militant group and Israel have been negotiating through Qatar, home to a number of Hamas key figures.

Those talks led to a truce that ultimately lasted for seven days before hostilities resumed on Friday. During the truce, Hamas released dozens of hostages held in Gaza in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, and Israel allowed humanitarian aid to flow into the coastal strip.

Sheikh Tamim said Qatar was working with both sides to repair the deal.

He also said that temporary truces cannot be alternatives to a complete ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, adding that “tragedies could have been avoided if Israel had recognized the Palestinians’ right to a state.”

He added that Israel has violated humanitarian and moral standards in the strip and targeted fragile infrastructure and cut all vital supplies.

Reaffirming his rejection of targeting civilians from all nationalities, the emir said that the principle of self-defense does not permit Israel to “commit genocide crimes.”

  • alarabiya