Algeria submits UN resolution to halt Israeli offensive in Rafah

UNITED NATIONS: Algeria has introduced a draft resolution to the UN Security Council, seeking an end to Israel’s military offensive in Rafah and calling for an “immediate ceasefire,” according to a draft text obtained by AFP.

The resolution, informed by a recent ruling from the International Court of Justice, demands that “Israel, the occupying Power, shall immediately halt its military offensive, and any other action in Rafah.” It also calls for “an immediate ceasefire respected by all parties” and the “immediate and unconditional release of all hostages.”

This initiative follows an urgent Security Council meeting convened by Algeria on Tuesday after an Israeli strike on a tent camp for displaced people in Rafah resulted in 45 deaths on Sunday, sparking international outrage. On Tuesday, another Israeli strike on a displacement camp west of Rafah reportedly killed at least 21 more people, according to a civil defense official in Gaza.

Algeria’s UN Ambassador Amar Bendjama has not specified the timing for the vote on the draft resolution. However, Chinese Ambassador Fu Cong expressed a sense of urgency, stating, “We hope that it could be done as quickly as possible because life is in the balance.”

French Ambassador Nicolas de Riviere echoed this urgency, emphasizing, “It’s high time for this council to take action. This is a matter of life and death. This is a matter of emergency.”