Remarks by Ambassador Lilly Stella Ngyema Ndong, Deputy Permanent Representative of Gabon to the UN, at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East

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H.E. Mrs. Lilly Stella Ngyema Ndong called on the Israeli authorities to exercise the greatest possible restraint and to act responsibly with their military operations, in line with international humanitarian law.

“We also demand the immediate release — unconditionally — of all the hostages.”

A cessation of hostilities is a prerequisite for the secure delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians, she said.  Similarly, the parties are encouraged to have a constructive dialogue to reactivate a peace process to settle the conflict.

“We have supported — and will support — any initiative which will give us hope of saving human lives and contributing to improving the fate of civilians.”

Expressing concern over attacks by the Houthis in Yemen against vessels in the Red Sea and the simmering situation between Israel and Lebanon, she called on all parties to exercise restraint and to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law.

“We will continue repeating that the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has to be a political and diplomatic one,” she added.

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