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DescriptionCondemned an Israeli Air Force raid on Tunisia on 1 October 1985.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 573, adopted on 4 October 1985, after hearing a complaint by Tunisia, the UN Security Council condemned an air raid on the country by the Israeli Air Force on 1 October 1985. The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) headquarters was targeted in the attack, 56 Palestinians and 15 Tunisians were killed and about 100 wounded. Israel claimed it was responding to the murder of three Israeli citizens in Cyprus.[1]

Resolution 573 requested the Secretary-General of the United Nations to submit a report on the implementation of the current resolution by 30 November 1985.

UNSCR 573 was adopted by 14 votes to none: Britain, China, France and the Soviet Union voted in favour. The United States, the fifth P5 member, abstained.[2]

Text of UNSCR 573

Resolution 573 (1985) of 4 October 1985

The Security Council,

Having considered the letter dated 1 October 1985, in which Tunisia made a complaint against Israel following the act of aggression which the latter committed against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Tunisia,

Having heard the statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Tunisia,

Having noted with concern that the Israeli attack has caused heavy loss of human life and extensive material damage,

Considering that, in accordance with Article 2, paragraph 4, of the Charter of the United Nations, all States Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State, or acting in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations,

Gravely concerned at the threat to peace and security in the Mediterranean region posed by the air raid perpetrated on 1 October by Israel in the area of Hammam Plage, situated in the southern suburb of Tunis,

Drawing attention to the serious effect which the aggression carried out by Israel and all acts contrary to the UN Charter cannot but have on any initiative designed to establish an overall, just and lasting peace in the Middle East,

Considering that the Israeli Government claimed responsibility for the attack as soon as it had been carried out,

1. Condemns vigorously the act of armed aggression perpetrated by Israel against Tunisian territory in flagrant violation of the Charter of the United Nations, international law and norms of conduct;
2. Demands that Israel refrain from perpetrating such acts of aggression or from threatening to do so;
3. Urges Member States to take measures to dissuade Israel from resorting to such acts against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all States;
4. Considers that Tunisia has the right to appropriate reparations as a result of the loss of human life and material damage which it has suffered and for which Israel has claimed responsibility;
5. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Security Council on the implementation of the present resolution by 30 November 1985 at the latest;
6. Decides to remain seized of the matter.

Adopted at the 2615th meeting by 14 votes to none, with 1 abstention (United States of America).[3]


  1. Williamson, Myra (2009). Terrorism, war and international law: the legality of the use of force against Afghanistan in 2001. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 132.
  2. "UNSCR 573 (1985)"
  3. "Text of UNSCR 573 (1985) at undocs.org"
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