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S/1151
24 December 1948

ORIGINAL: ENGLISH


LETTER DATED 24 DECEMBER 1948 FROM PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF EGYPT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL, CONCERNING TRUCE VIOLATIONS BY THE JEWISH FORCES


I have the honour to inform you the Zionist's forces have launched a new attack, assuming most serious proportions, against Egyptian Positions in the Negeb.

El Arish and Rafah aerodromes, within Egyptian territory, were heavily bombed from the air, so was Khan Yunis and Al Faluja. Zionist naval craft shelled Egyptian Coastal positions.

While Al Faluja, Deir El Balah, and Khan Yunis are also being attacked by land forces, heavy Zionist concentrations of all arms have massed all along the Egyptian Positions.

I have been instructed by my Government to report this large scale attack to the Security Council and request an urgent meeting to be held; with a view to putting an end to this intolerable and rapidly deteriorating situation.

According to the information available to the Egyptian Government, the Zionist as they have repeatedly done before, are now attempting still another "fait accompli" much more serious in proportion that anything ventured in the past.

In demanding immediate action by the Security Council, I find it incumbent upon me to invite Your Excellency's attention to the following:

Zionist attacks and preparations for attack are not being regularly reported to the Security Council by United Nations Observers, partly due to the fact that their work is being obstructed by Zionists who often deny them access to scenes of operations.

Meanwhile the Security Council has been unduly withholding consideration of, and action on, Zionist violations of the truce.

We consider it, however, the right of every state member of the United Nations, particularly under circumstances of such seriousness, to have the Council convene for appropriate action.

I would like to add that the Zionists are evidently attempting to take special advantage of the holidays, hoping, that the Council will not be promptly convened, and that in the meantime they will have occupied more territory and faced the Council with another "fait accompli".
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