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Japan Parliament calls for ceasefire in Gaza

June 13, 2024 at 5:17 pm

A view of the destruction as Palestinians conduct a search and rescue operations among the rubbles after Israeli warplanes targeted the house of the El-Safi family in the Nuseirat refugee camp area in Gaza on June 09, 2024. [Ashraf Amra – Anadolu Agency]

The Japanese Parliament, Thursday, adopted a resolution, calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Palestinian besieged enclave of Gaza, Anadolu Agency reports.

Lawmakers in the lower house of the Parliament, locally known as Diet, also urged the government to make “extraordinary diplomatic efforts” with other nations to achieve the ceasefire and release of hostages, Nikkei News reported.

Opposing the Israeli military operations in Rafah city, the resolution said the humanitarian situation was “critical” in Gaza.

Japan has witnessed intermitted protests by civil society groups as well as student community, pressing Tokyo to divest from Israel.

At least 30 more Palestinians were killed in Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip, bringing the overall death toll to 37,232 since 7 October, the Health Ministry in the battered enclave said on Thursday.

A Ministry statement added that some 85,037 other people have been injured in the onslaught.

“Many people are still trapped under rubble and on the roads as rescuers are unable to reach them,” it added.

Israel has faced international condemnation amid its continued brutal offensive on Gaza since a 7 October attack by the Palestinian group, Hamas, despite a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire.

Eight months into the Israeli war, vast tracts of Gaza lay in ruins amid a crippling blockade of food, clean water and medicine.

Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which in its latest ruling has ordered Tel Aviv to immediately halt its operation in the southern city of Rafah, where over a million Palestinians had sought refuge from the war before it was invaded on 6 May.

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