Remarks by Ambassador Vanessa Frazier, Permanent Representative of Malta to the UN, at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East

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Ambassador Vanessa Frazier said that the unprecedented scale of death and destruction in both the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel will no doubt reverberate for years.

“This unyielding cycle of violence has pushed us further away from a political horizon than in any point in recent memory.”

A significant scale-up of humanitarian aid to Gaza is desperately needed, including the opening of additional crossing points, and the safety of UN and humanitarian workers must be assured.

Malta strongly condemns the 7 October attack by Hamas and called on Hamas to release the hostages, in accordance with resolution 2712 (2023).  In addition, attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinian residents and properties in the West Bank are inexcusable.

Urgent steps must be taken to prevent a regional escalation and to relaunch credible negotiations and engagement between both parties, she said.

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