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Iran urges protection of civilian lives in conflict zones

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Majid Takht Ravanch, Iran’s permanent envoy to the United Nations (Photo by IRNA)

Iran’s permanent envoy to the United Nations urges protection of civilian lives in conflict-stricken zones across the world, especially the Middle East region.

“The protection of civilians in armed conflicts is a fundamental principle of humanitarian law,” Majid Takht Ravanchi said during a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday.

”However, the international community is witness to the non-compliance of international humanitarian law as well as the lack of accountability for its grave violations,” he added.

“Conflicts have had devastating effects on our volatile region, the Middle East, where international humanitarian law is being flagrantly violated,” regretted the official.

Takht Ravanchi cited the situation in Yemen, Palestine, and Syria as cases in point for the places which are witnessing the highest number of violations against civilians and civilian infrastructure in the already volatile Middle East region.

Yemen, he said, is experiencing “acute food insecurity” due to rampant attacks against schools, hospitals, telecommunications infrastructure, roads, factories, houses, and other civilian objects.

Palestine is playing host to deterioration of the humanitarian situation as a result of the Israeli regime's decades of occupation and apartheid policies, the envoy added.

In Syria, meanwhile, continuing occupation, terrorism, and unilateral sanctions has displaced millions of people, damaged infrastructures, limited access to vital resources, and disrupted trade and supply of food and agricultural inputs.

The ambassador finally urged strongly against politicization of humanitarian assistance and respect for the international humanitarian law among other things in conflict zones across the globe.

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