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WHO passes resolution condemning Israel’s attacks on Palestinian healthcare

WHO passes resolution condemning Israel’s attacks on Palestinian healthcare

WHO passes resolution condemning Israel’s attacks on Palestinian healthcare

O World Health Organization (WHO) managed this Saturday, on the last day of the annual assembly and after days of intense debate, to approve a resolution that condemns Israeli attacks on health in Linkalthough in the same text Israel managed to include an article that also denounces “the use of hospitals and health units by armed groups”.

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The text, presented at the initiative of the group of Arab countries, condemns “the indiscriminate attacks on medical and humanitarian facilities used exclusively for humanitarian purposes, as well as on medical personnel, by the occupying power, in violation of international law”.

At Israel’s request, another section was included that demanded the release of hostages still held captive in Gaza and condemned the aforementioned use by armed groups – in reference to Hamas – of health facilities in Gaza, an argument that the Israeli army has used in recent months to launch offensives against hospitals and other health centers in the strip.

The initial text did not contain condemnatory articles, but after Israel managed to approve its amendment, the Arab countries, which were about to withdraw the resolution in protest, finally presented a new amendment denouncing Israeli abuses of the Palestinian healthcare system.

This last change was approved this Saturday with 102 votes in favor (of the 196 WHO members) and six against (Israel, United States, United Kingdom, Argentina, Czech Republic and Hungary).

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The text also requests the WHO to investigate the effects of the conflict on the malnutrition of the people of Gaza as a result of the deliberate practice of starving the civilian population.

Likewise, it requires the UN health agency to hold a donor conference within 12 months to fund Palestine’s immediate health needs, as well as the rehabilitation and reconstruction of its health system.

At the WHO assembly, which ended this Saturday after six days of debates, Palestine’s status with the organization was also elevated to become an observer member, which will allow its delegation to sit in the same area as the representatives of the Member States. , greater possibilities. participation and presentation of proposals, although there is still no right to vote.

The WHO highlighted that this is the first time that the assembly has referred to Palestine as a State. EFE

Source: Elcomercio

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