UN Chief Calls for Gaza Ceasefire Amid Escalating Violence

UN chief urges ‘immediate ceasefire’ in Gaza as 35,000 Palestinians killed | Israel War on Gaza News

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has reiterated his call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the besieged Gaza Strip. This appeal follows the reported death of more than 35,000 Palestinians by Israeli forces since the onset of the attacks in October. The urgency for peace has never been more apparent, with the UN chief voicing his concerns in a video address to international donors gathered in Kuwait.

Immediate Humanitarian Aid Required

In his address, Guterres emphasized the necessity for an immediate influx of humanitarian aid into Gaza. He also called for the unconditional release of all captives held by Hamas. However, he warned that a ceasefire would only mark the beginning of recovery. The road back from the devastation and trauma induced by this war will indeed be long and arduous.

Israeli Forces Continue Attacks

Even as the UN chief reiterated his plea, Israeli forces launched multiple strikes across Gaza. The renewed onslaught has resulted in the displacement of hundreds of thousands of refugees already fleeing the war. Israeli tanks rolled into Jabalia, while multiple strikes claimed lives in Beit Lahiya in the north and Rafah in the south.

The Plight of Refugees

Those fleeing the Israeli bombardment face an acute shortage of food and medical supplies in the areas where they have sought refuge. In the northern part of the Strip, there is a complete cessation of medical services or humanitarian aid being provided to displaced individuals. The situation is dire, with 80% of the capabilities of the Palestinian Civil Defense in Gaza reportedly lost.

‘No Safe Place in Gaza’

In central Gaza, the civil defense department reported at least two fatalities, a father and son, both doctors, in an Israeli strike in Deir el-Balah. Further south in Rafah, the southernmost city along the border with Egypt, the Kuwaiti hospital received the bodies of 18 people killed in Israeli strikes over the past 24 hours.

The Forced Displacement of Palestinians

According to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, around 300,000 people have fled Rafah over the past week. Palestinians in Rafah, many displaced by the fighting elsewhere in the territory, are forced to flee yet again. With the artillery shelling relentless, it is evident that there is no safe haven in Gaza.

In conclusion, the need for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza is increasingly urgent. The international community must heed the UN chief’s call for immediate humanitarian aid and the cessation of violence. As the death toll rises and displacement continues, the road to recovery grows longer and more daunting. However, hope remains that the world will respond swiftly and decisively to help restore peace and stability in the region.