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Gaza conflict will ‘further escalate’ unless Israeli war machine is stopped, warns Pakistan

Islamabad stresses 'it is also time to admit Palestine as a full member of the United Nations'

Pakistan on Wednesday warned that there is “every” possibility of further escalation of violence and war in the Middle East unless the Israeli war machine is stopped.

Addressing the UN Security Council’s ministerial-level debate on the “Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question,” Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Munir Akram deplored the international community’s “failure” to stop the “genocide” in Gaza, said a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad.

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He said the violence and war in Palestine have spread to neighboring areas, including the Israel-Lebanon border, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

“Unless the Israeli war machine is stopped, there is every likelihood of further escalation in which many nations may be engulfed,” he feared.

“It is sad that despite the calls by the General Assembly in two resolutions, despite the near-unanimous votes in this Security Council, the international community has failed to stop this genocide taking place in front of our eyes,” he added.

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In the past three months, he said, the world has witnessed the “most brutal slaughter of civilians of the twenty-first century.”

“This brutal and indiscriminate killing of innocents, and the suffering imposed on an entire population, amounts to genocide, as asserted in the case filed by South Africa in the ICJ (International Court of Justice),” Akram said.