UN chief alleges law violations in Gaza, angering Israel

October 26, 2023

"I am deeply concerned about the clear violations of international humanitarian law that we are witnessing in Gaza. Let me be clear: No party to an armed conflict is above international humanitarian law," Guterres said, without explicitly naming Israel. Secretary of State Antony Blinken asked the Security Council to back a new US-led resolution that "incorporates substantive feedback." The draft, seen by AFP, would defend the "inherent right of all states" to self-defense while calling for compliance with international law. Jordan and Russia are among nations that requested a meeting Thursday of the UN General Assembly, whose resolutions are non-binding, due to the Security Council deadlock.