Iraq’s Prime Minister Mohammed S. Al-sudani addressed the Cairo Summit for Peace 2023. During his address he underlined the tense situation in the occupied Palestinian territories after the beginning of the Israel-Hamas conflict.
He also emphasized that Palestinian people are facing genocide and are in a grave humanitarian crisis as residential areas, places of worship, and healthcare facilities are being targeted. Notably, the tragedy of the massacre at the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital exposed the true nature of the Zionist occupation, revealing actions that have crossed all red lines, PM added.
He also said that the ongoing atrocities by Israel represent a clear and heinous war crime, commencing with the killing of unarmed civilian individuals and the imposition of a complete blockade on those who are still living in war-torn areas.
Moreover, Words cannot completely describe the horrific acts and daily massacres, with innocent lives buried deep under the debris of their homes on the land from which they were actually displaced during the Nakba of 1948.
Additionally, he stated situation in Gaza threw a fresh challenge and a test for the international community, as it has repeatedly failed to realize the rules and principles of humanity, justice, and freedom it advocates. As per him, Palestine stands as a living testament to this recurring failure of the International community.
According to him, the time has arrived to end this oppressive occupation and bring an end to the decades-old suffering of the Palestinian people. Injustice cannot lead to long-lasting peace, and true security and the ending of long-lasting conflict can only be achieved by addressing the root causes of the problem, which are the occupation and discriminatory policies towards the people of the Gaza Strip, added PM.
He also stressed that ongoing conflict will impact global security, escalate regional strife, along with disturbance of energy supplies, exacerbate economic crises, and invite further disputes. He criticized the occupation forces that they consistently breached the III Geneva Convention Related to the Treatment of Prisoners of War and the IV Geneva Convention Related to the Protection of Civilian Persons in case of war.
He specifically ,Had international resolutions were upheld and international bodies fulfilled their responsibilities, the Palestinian situation would not have deteriorated to its current tragic state.