United Nations Security Council Resolution 904

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UN Security Council
Resolution 904
Date 18 March 1994
Meeting no. 3,351
Code S/RES/904 (Document)
Subject Territories occupied by Israel
Result Adopted
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

United Nations Security Council resolution 904, adopted without a vote on 18 March 1994, after expressing its shock at the massacre committed against Palestinian worshippers in the Cave of the Patriarchs (Mosque of Ibrahim) in Hebron in the West Bank, the Council called for measures to be taken to guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilians throughout the occupied territory.[1]

Concern was expressed at the Palestinian casualties in the occupied Palestinian territory as a result of the massacre, which took place during the Muslim month of Ramadan,[2] which underlined the need to provide protection and security for the Palestinian people. The Council noted with satisfaction the efforts undertaken to guarantee the smooth proceeding of the peace process and the condemnation of the incident by the international community. It also reaffirmed the applicability of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the responsibilities of Israel.

The Council condemned the incident at Hebron, which resulted in 30-54[2] fatalities and injuries to several hundred civilians, calling upon Israel to confiscate arms in order to prevent acts of violence by Israeli settlers.[3][4] In calling for measures to be taken to protect Palestinian civilians, the Council requested the co-sponsors of the peace process, the United States and Russia, to continue to use their efforts in the peace process to bring about the implementation of the aforementioned provisions.

Finally, the resolution reaffirmed its support of the Declaration of Principles and urged its immediate implementation.

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  1. ^ Dedring, Juergen (2008). The United Nations Security Council in the 1990s: resurgence and renewal. SUNY Press. p. 48. ISBN 978-0-7914-7543-0. 
  2. ^ a b "Jewish settler kills 30 at holy site". BBC News. 25 February 1994. 
  3. ^ Associated Press (19 March 1994). "Massacre condemnation vote revives Middle East peace talks". The News. 
  4. ^ U.N. Security Council Condemns the Hebron Slayings, NY Times, March 19, 1994

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