WASHINGTON – Israel's Ambassador to the UN Gabriela Shalev asked the UN Security Council on Thursday to include a condemnation of Hamas in a presidential statement set to be released later in the day.
The council held a session dedicated to the subject of civilians caught up in armed conflict. The Libyan envoy took advantage of the meeting to accuse Israel of committing war crimes and genocide of Palestinians in Gaza.
Libya is also trying to push for a draft resolution by the council that would deplore Israel's actions in Gaza.
In her speech, Shalev warned that terror turns civilians into targets, human shields and weapons against their will.
She stressed that Hamas has ben firing rockets at schools and kindergartens for over eight years, putting more than a million Israeli citizens under daily threat. Israel has launched its offensive in Gaza as a means of self-defense, she added.
The Israeli ambassador also blamed Hamas for using schools, mosques and hospitals as cover for its operations and for seizing large parts of the humanitarian aid transferred to Gaza and distributing it among their operatives.