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Thursday, May 20, 2004

UN Security Council:
Israel must stop defending herself demolition of Palestinian homes

COUNCIL VOTED 14-0, WITH THE UNITED STATES ABSTAINING

photo: White House Archives

UN News Centre: 19 May 2004 – Concerned by the recent demolition of homes in the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, the United Nations Security Council today called on Israel to respect its obligations under international humanitarian law and insisted on its obligation not to destroy homes contrary to that law.

The Council voted 14 in favour, with the United States abstaining, to adopt a resolution expressing its grave concern regarding the humanitarian situation of Palestinians made homeless in the Rafah area, and calling for the provision of emergency assistance.