Iraqi Parliament Calls Extraordinary Session on Palestine Situation

A few lawmakers attend a session of parliament on the selection of new Iraqi president, February 7, 2022. (Photo: Bzhar Dabagh/Esta Media Network)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Iraq Council of Representatives has announced an extraordinary session to be held on Saturday to address the ongoing situation in Palestine.

According to Yousef Kilabi, a member of the Iraqi parliament on Thursday, the decision to hold the meeting was made after 50 signatures were collected.

“The meeting will focus on the situation of the Palestinians and will result in a number of decisions,” Kilabi said.

The Iraqi parliament is expected to discuss and take action on the escalating conflict in Palestine during the session, according to Kilabi’s words.

Iraq on Saturday made an appeal to the international community to protect the rights of the Palestinians amid the ongoing fighting with Israel.

“We hereby reiterate Iraq’s steadfast position on the Palestinian issue, which unequivocally demonstrates our complete support for the Palestinian people in their pursuit of their rightful and legitimate rights,” Iraq’s President Latif Rashid said.

He also called on the international community to fulfill its legal and moral obligations to ensure justice and safeguard the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.

“We condemn the heinous acts of aggression perpetrated against the Palestinian people,” he said “We implore the international community to fulfill its legal and moral obligations in order to attain justice and ensure the legitimate rights of the Palestinian population,” he added.

Israel has vowed to annihilate the Hamas movement that rules the Gaza Strip in retribution for the deadliest attack on Jews since the Holocaust, when hundreds of gunmen poured across the barrier fence and rampaged through Israeli towns on Saturday.

The gunmen killed at least 1,200 people, mostly civilians gunned down in their homes or on the streets, and carried scores of hostages back to Gaza, according to Reuters.

Israel has responded so far by putting the enclave, home to 2.3 million people, under total siege and launching by far the most powerful bombing campaign in the 75-year history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, destroying whole neighbourhoods.

Gaza authorities say more than 1,200 people have been killed and more 5,000 people have been wounded in the bombing. The sole electric power station has been switched off and hospitals are running out of fuel for emergency generators.

“The human misery caused by this escalation is abhorrent, and I implore the sides to reduce the suffering of civilians,” Fabrizio Carboni, regional director of the International Committee of the Red Cross, said in a statement on Thursday.

“As Gaza loses power, hospitals lose power, putting newborns in incubators and elderly patients on oxygen at risk. Kidney dialysis stops, and X-rays can’t be taken. Without electricity, hospitals risk turning into morgues.”

Israel’s Energy Minister Israel Katz said there would be no exception to the siege without freedom for Israeli hostages.

“Humanitarian aid to Gaza? No electrical switch will be lifted, no water hydrant will be opened and no fuel truck will enter until the Israeli hostages are returned home. Humanitarian for humanitarian. And nobody should preach us morals,” Katz posted on social media platform X.

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