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Today’s bloody massacre of Palestinian civilians by Israel, the occupying Power, comes against the backdrop of Israel’s expanding military aggression and its intransigent rejection of all efforts for diplomacy and mediation to address the current crisis. Indeed, the occupying Power continues only to pursue its military agenda, deliberately causing widespread death, destruction and suffering for the Palestinian civilian population, particularly in the besieged Gaza Strip. In this regard, the Israeli occupying forces pushed deeper into Gaza overnight, moving into the central Gaza Strip and taking control of the main north-south road there, bisecting the area into two. At the same time, Israeli snipers seized positions on the rooftops of buildings and homes in the area and Israeli tanks and bulldozers continued to destroy crops and agricultural land, particularly in the Khan Younis area. All of the above-mentioned incidents continue to severely impact the already deplorable humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, where the Palestinian civilian population is suffering from serious shortages of food, medicine and clean water supplies.
In the light of this continuing dramatic deterioration of the situation on the ground in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, the Palestinian people and their leadership reiterate their urgent appeals to the international community to take action to bring an end to the senseless daily slaughter of Palestinians and the wanton destruction being deliberately committed by Israel, the occupying Power. Serious and concerted action by the international community, including the Security Council, in accordance with its authority and responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations, must be taken in order to bring a halt to this insanity and to stem this dangerous and tragic downward spiral of the situation. The international community cannot continue to forsake its responsibilities under international law, including under the Fourth Geneva Convention, to address this crisis and, foremost, to provide protection for the defenceless Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation.
The present letter is in follow-up to our previous 253 letters to you regarding the ongoing crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, since 28 September 2000. Those letters, dated from 29 September 2000 (A/55/432-S/2000/921) to 10 July 2006 (A/ES-10/346-S/2006/501), constitute a basic record of the crimes being committed by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian people since September 2000. Moreover, we reiterate once again that for all of these war crimes, State terrorism and systematic human rights violations committed against the Palestinian people, Israel, the occupying Power, must be held accountable and the perpetrators must be brought to justice.
In follow-up to the above-mentioned letters, it is my profound regret to inform you that since my last letter to you just two days ago, at least 30 more Palestinian civilians, including children, have been killed by the Israeli occupying forces, raising the total number of martyrs killed since September 2000 to 4,025. (The names of the martyrs who have been identified are listed in the annex to the present letter.)
I should be grateful if you would arrange to have the text of the present letter and its annex distributed as a document of the tenth emergency special session of the General Assembly, under agenda item 5, and of the Security Council.