Algeria to present UN Security Council resolution ‘to stop the killing in Rafah’

Algeria's ambassador to the United Nations, Amar Bendjama speaks during a Security Council meeting at UN headquarters in New York on March 25, 2024. (Angela Weiss/AFP)
Algeria's ambassador to the United Nations, Amar Bendjama speaks during a Security Council meeting at UN headquarters in New York on March 25, 2024. (Angela Weiss/AFP)

UNITED NATIONS — Algeria will present a draft UN resolution calling for an end to “the killing” in Rafah as Israel attacks Hamas operatives in the crowded Gaza city, its ambassador says after a Security Council meeting.

“It will be a short text, a decisive text, to stop the killing in Rafah,” Ambassador Amar Bendjama tells reporters.

It was Algeria that requested Tuesday’s urgent meeting of the council after the Sunday strike.

The Algerian ambassador doesn’t say when he hopes the resolution might be put to a vote.

“We hope that it could be done as quickly as possible because life is in the balance,” says Chinese Ambassador Fu Cong, expressing hope for a vote this week.

“It’s high time for this council to take action. This is a matter of life and death. This is a matter of emergency,” the French Ambassador Nicolas de Riviere said before the council meeting.

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