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The "ESCWA" committee condemns the killing of civilians in the occupied Palestinian territories

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) expressed its strong condemnation of the escalating killing of civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and ESCWA added its voice to the voice of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the voices of other bodies in the system calling for an immediate ceasefire and the need for full commitment to treaties and charters. Relevant international law.

In a statement distributed by the United Nations Media Center in Cairo, ESCWA Executive Secretary Rola Dashti said: “Our children, women and youth, and all of our peoples and economies, can no longer bear the horror of destruction, killing and occupation, especially in light of the humanitarian, social and economic consequences of the worst health crisis in our contemporary history. Now is the time for wisdom and the time for peace. "

Dashti emphasized that the ongoing conflicts in the region are causing invaluable loss of life, an almost irreversible decline in development gains, and asylum and forced displacement of millions in addition to the millions of Palestinians who have been languishing in refugee camps for decades. According to ESCWA estimates, the cost of the wars exceeded $ 442 billion in Syria and $ 576 billion in Libya.

What we are witnessing today must be approached in the full context of decades of occupation and the impossibility of achieving economic and social development in the region in general, and in the Occupied Palestinian Territory in particular, including the Gaza Strip, which suffers from blockade, humanitarian crises, massive and repeated devastation and high poverty rates.

Dashti added, "Knowing the cost of the conflict is important, but the numbers cannot express the depth of the suffering of mothers who lose their children, or children who lose their families and are displaced from their homes, or young men and women whose dignity is diminished. Perhaps the most important today to convince everyone that it is necessary to work seriously to achieve peace is to know what has happened. If the peace process in Libya succeeds, for example, the region may win nearly $ 162 billion in the period 2021-2025, and unemployment rates in neighboring countries such as Sudan, Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria may decrease, and investment rates in the region will increase significantly.

"I cannot help but remind that permanent peace cannot be achieved without achieving justice and equality for all. Failure to do so will remain a major source of instability and increased suffering in Palestine, the rest of the region and the world," she concluded.