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Siniora to U.N. chief: World responsible for Gaza tragedy

Palestinian children stand in the back of a truck as families leave their neighborhoods to safer locations amid continuing Israeli bombardment of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO / BILAL TELAWI

BEIRUT: Future bloc head MP Fouad Siniora Thursday condemned the international community for its leniency with Israel, saying such behavior would only lead to further rounds of violence, extremism and instability.

“We demand an immediate cease-fire and the international community is held responsible for Israel's stubbornness,” Siniora said in a letter to U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on behalf of his allies in the March 14 coalition. “The international community is partially responsible for the continuation and the escalation of the tragedy in Gaza as a result of its failure to put limits on Israel.”

More than 700 people have been killed in a little over two weeks since Israel launched its offensive on Gaza, as Hamas fighters fire rockets that have reached Tel Aviv on several occasions.

The conflict, the first of its kind since 2012 between Hamas and Israel, has forced thousands of Palestinians to flee their homes amid severe electricity and water rationing and deteriorating humanitarian conditions.

“Refraining from implementing international resolutions related to the Palestinian issue and failure in protecting human rights and the rights of the Palestinian people will only lead to a recurrence of such a humanitarian crisis today,” the former prime minister wrote in his letter.

Such behavior, Siniora added, "also leads to a proliferation of extremism and radicalism and to widening the cycles of violence as well as strengthening conditions for instability in several countries in the region.”

 

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