Qatari PM: 'Gaza Witnessing an Unprecedented Humanitarian Disaster'



by FARUK IMAMOVIC

Qatari PM: 'Gaza Witnessing an Unprecedented Humanitarian Disaster'
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At the Doha Forum, Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani delivered a poignant address on the ongoing humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, highlighting the challenges faced by the international community in addressing global crises.

Condemning the Humanitarian Disaster in Gaza

In his opening remarks, the Prime Minister expressed deep concern over the dire situation in Gaza. "The Gaza Strip is witnessing an unprecedented humanitarian disaster which makes the free people of the world ask some legitimate questions about the nature of the International systems and the efficiency of the legal instruments and its principles," he told the audience.

His words underscored the severity of the crisis, which has been marked by a lack of basic necessities and ongoing conflict. Al-Thani criticized the targeting of civilians, including women and children, describing these acts as violations of international law.

He stressed that the crisis has exposed significant disparities. "The world actually is split between some who called for putting an end to this war and putting an end to the war machine, and some who are hesitating to call even for a ceasefire," he stated, emphasizing the division in global responses to the conflict.

"Some people are trying to reshape this conflict as a religious war. However, this conflict was and still a matter of occupation, and a matter of people whose right to self determination was taken away over decades."

A Call for Reevaluating Global Order

The Qatari leader also addressed the broader implications of the crisis, challenging the current global order's ability to manage such conflicts effectively.

He urged a reevaluation of the international system to recognize and rectify its shortcomings. "These deficiencies will allow the conflicts to continue and prevent us from reaching a solution," Al-Thani remarked. His comments come in the wake of Qatar's recent diplomatic intervention in the region.

Last month, Qatar brokered a temporary pause in fighting between Israel and Hamas, facilitating the release of hostages and the entry of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip. This action highlighted Qatar's active role in seeking to mediate and alleviate the crisis.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani's address at the Doha Forum brought to light the critical humanitarian situation in Gaza and the challenges facing the international community in addressing such conflicts.