Brazil calls UN Security Council meeting Friday to discuss war with Hamas

At previous meeting, 1 day after terrorists’ devastating rampage, members were split on position regarding Israelis and Palestinians

Israel's Iron Dome air defense system intercepts rockets launched from Gaza on October 11, 2023. (Mahmud HAMS/AFP)
Israel's Iron Dome air defense system intercepts rockets launched from Gaza on October 11, 2023. (Mahmud HAMS/AFP)

Brazil, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council, called a Friday meeting of the body to discuss the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas, its foreign affairs ministry said Wednesday.

Brazilian Foreign Affairs Minister Mauro Vieira has interrupted an Asia trip to travel “to New York to participate in a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, called by Brazil… to address the situation in the Gaza Strip,” the ministry said in a statement.

Brazil previously called an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Sunday, the day after Hamas launched its murderous assault on Israel the previous morning.

Palestinian terrorists rampaged through the south of Israel slaughtering some 1,300 people, the vast majority of them civilians, and abducting at least 100 captives to Gaza. Some 3,000 were injured.

Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry said 1,300 in the Palestinian enclave have been killed in retaliatory Israeli strikes. Israel said it is targeting terrorist infrastructure and all areas where Hamas operates or hides and that Israeli forces have killed some 1,500 Hamas terrorists who infiltrated into its territory since Saturday.

More than 338,000 people in the enclave have been displaced, according to the United Nations.

Illustrative: Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira speaks during a high-level Security Council meeting on the situation in Ukraine on the sidelines of the 78th UN General Assembly, at UN headquarters in New York City on September 20, 2023. (ANGELA WEISS/AFP)

At Sunday’s Security Council meeting, members were divided over policy concerning Israel and the Palestinians.

Earlier on Wednesday, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva called for urgent international action to protect both Palestinian and Israeli civilians, especially children.

“Children must never be held hostage, anywhere in the world,” Lula wrote on social media platform X.

“Hamas needs to free the Israeli children who were kidnapped from their families. Israel needs to stop its bombing so Palestinian children and their mothers can leave the Gaza Strip via the Egyptian border,” he said.

“There needs to be a minimum of humanity in the insanity of war.”

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