The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has called for a “comprehensive end to hostilities” between Israel and Palestine on the Gaza Strip in its opening remarks since the May 10 violence.
Saturday’s statement, endorsed by all 15 UNSC members, “relied on victims of violence” and “reaffirmed the urgent need for ordinary Palestinians, especially in Gaza”.
An 11-day Israeli explosion in Gaza killed at least 248 people, including 66 children, and more than 1,900 people.
At least 12 people in Israel have been killed in a rocket attack from Gaza.
The document also called for the immediate restoration of peace and “the need for lasting peace based on the vision of a democratic state, Israel and Palestine, living in peace and security with one another.”
The United States, Israel’s closest ally, has previously banned four councils seeking to be abolished with the support of all other members, saying it could undermine President Joe Biden’s efforts to end the Israeli war.
Friday, Qatar has promised to work and other Arab and Muslim countries to help stop Israel’s invasion of Palestine as Mauritanian parliament appealed to the International Criminal Court (ECHR) after condemning Israeli officials for “killing” civilians in connection with the Gaza war.
Meanwhile, Palestinians in Gaza took to the streets to protest, and continued until Friday when the fighting ended.
Hundreds of Hamas freedom fighters dressed in military uniforms marched past the mourning tent of Bassem Issa, a senior official killed in the fighting.
Hamas’s top leader in Gaza, Yehiyeh Sinwar, paid tribute to his first public appearance since the fighting began earlier this month.
Israelis have bombed Sinwar’s house, as well as the homes of other Hamas officials, as part of a crackdown on what they said was a military coup.
Pro-Palestine joint missions took place on Saturday in the wake of the weekly protests, and the demonstrators want their governments impose sanctions and restrictions on the military to reduce the availability of weapons in Israel.
Demonstrations took place in Berlin, Melbourne, London and Paris, with many more organized over the weekend in other major cities, including New York.
“I am proud that we have come together to do something important,” Amal Nagvi, who attended the London conference, told Al Jazeera.
“A lot of people think this doesn’t do anything… they think we’re just marching and crying. But things have changed, and we will not stop until this change comes and we will have free Palestine. ”
Thousands also gathered in Tel Aviv, Israel, demanding that Jews and Arabs be united.
The demonstration was one of many that took place in Israel to demand peace between Israel and Palestine. Demonstrators marched through the city and later gathered in the center of Habima Square to hear from politicians and artists.
“This is one of the things that happens when you see Israelis protesting the occupation,” said Hoda Abdel-Hamid of Al Jazeera, reporting in Tel Aviv.
The rally was organized mainly by left-wing groups and Palestinian-Israeli parties, with demonstrators holding a sign saying “Peace Now”, he said.