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Cuba denounces in Geneva humanitarian catastrophe caused by Israel

Geneva, Switzerland, March 14 (Prensa Latina) Ambassador Juan Antonio Quintanilla, permanent representative of Cuba in Geneva, referred today here to the humanitarian catastrophe caused by Israel in Gaza during the last five months.

During his speech at the Report point on the work of the ILO in relation to the crisis in the occupied Palestinian territory, the diplomat mentioned the murder of 30 thousand Palestinians, the destruction of 70 percent of the homes and the displacement by force of nearly two million people.

“Nothing can justify such barbarity. We demand an immediate and permanent ceasefire, as well as the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza without restrictions,” said the representative of the Caribbean nation.

Likewise, he said that the current situation in the Palestinian territories is a consequence of decades of Israeli practices of illegal occupation and colonization, in flagrant violation of the inalienable rights of that people in its own territory.

Added to this, the prolonged disrespect for the Purposes and Principles of the Charter of the United Nations and International Law, including numerous UN resolutions.

“Cuba’s support for the Palestinian cause is clear and invariable. We demand a broad, just and lasting solution to the conflict, which guarantees the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination,” he expressed.

He also reiterated the island’s rejection of the death of civilians and innocent people of all parties involved, without differentiating ethnicity, nationality or religious faith; and condemnation, in the strongest terms, of the murders of civilians, especially women, children and humanitarian workers of the United Nations system.

He also transmitted Havana’s denunciation of the indiscriminate bombings against the population in Gaza and the destruction of homes, hospitals and civil infrastructure, together with the deprivation of water, electricity and fuel services to the population, classified as serious violations of the International Humanitarian law.