Libya called for an immediate halt to the brutal Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip, saying that the Israeli occupation authorities must be held accountable for their crimes against the Palestinian people, which account to genocide. 

This call came in a speech delivered by the acting Foreign Minister of the Libyan Government of National Unity, Al-Taher Al-Baour, during the discussion session held at the UN Security Council in New York on Tuesday.

Al-Baour said that the government and people of Libya condemned in the strongest terms the brutal, barbaric aggression carried out by "the Zionist occupation forces on the Gaza Strip, claiming so far claimed the lives of more than 5,000 martyrs, in addition to thousands of injuries, and hundreds of people trapped under the rubble due to the intensity of the horrific bombing on Gaza." 

"It is not possible for any media to falsify what is happening in Gaza in terms of war crimes, such as what happened in the bombing of the Baptist Hospital, which martyred more than 500 people." He said.

Al-Baour stressed that Libya didn't accept the forced displacement of Palestinians, and refused to bargain with the Palestinians over their right to food and medicine, criticizing the double definition of what civilians are, and calling for immediate and urgent action to stop the aggression, holding Israel accountable for its responsibility for cutting off supplies of fuel, water, electricity, and food to the occupied territories in accordance with international humanitarian law and the Geneva Convention.

He called on the international community to take a clear position regarding the Palestinian right to establish its independent state with Jerusalem as its capital, instead of creating a new geographical and demographic reality that would lead to the end of the Palestinian Cause, and make everyone talk about the 2033 borders and the right of Gaza Strip refugees to return to their homes.

Al-Baour said that the priority today is to create a safe environment for all residents of the region and an opportunity to establish a just peace, as well as to hold "the brutal Zionist occupation authorities accountable for ignoring the obligation to restrict their use of force in times of war in accordance with international humanitarian law and the Geneva Convention."