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Latest post: Tue 27 Jul 2021

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The Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question: Quarterly Open Debate

Tomorrow (28 July), the Security Council will hold its quarterly open debate on “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question”. Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Lynn Hastings will brief. Yudith Oppenheimer, Executive Director of Ir Amim, a non-profit organisation which focuses on Jerusalem within the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is also expected to brief. Council members and the representatives of Israel and the Observer State of Palestine will participate in person, while non-Council member states will submit their statements in writing.

A key focus of tomorrow’s meeting is likely to be the status of the 20 May ceasefire which ended a recent 11-day round of hostilities between Israel and Hamas. Hastings is expected to update Council members on the work carried out by the UN to solidify the ceasefire and to alleviate the humanitarian situation in Gaza. She may note that the ceasefire has so far largely held but remains fragile.

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