United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed concern about the high number of civilian casualties in Israel’s military operations against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. He stated that there is something clearly wrong with the situation.
Israel has launched a military campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip following an attack by the militants that resulted in the deaths of 1,400 people and the taking of hostages. The Israeli military has conducted airstrikes, imposed a siege, and launched a ground invasion.
Guterres acknowledged that there are violations by Hamas, such as the use of human shields. However, he emphasized that the number of civilian casualties is a cause for concern.
According to Palestinian officials, the death toll in Gaza has reached 10,569, with 40% of the victims being children.
Israel’s mission to the U.N. did not immediately respond to Guterres’ remarks. Israel maintains that it is targeting Hamas and accuses the militants of using residents as human shields.
Guterres stressed the importance of Israel understanding that the humanitarian needs of the Palestinian people are not in its best interest. He believes that the ongoing conflict is damaging Israel’s global reputation.
While condemning the Hamas attack on Israel, Guterres emphasized the need to distinguish between the militant group and the Palestinian people.
Guterres compared the number of children killed in Gaza to the toll in conflicts around the world. He described the situation in Gaza as a “graveyard for children.”
Guterres highlighted the U.N.’s efforts to increase humanitarian aid deliveries to Gaza. He called for a flow of aid that corresponds to the dramatic needs of the population.
The United Nations is in negotiations with Israel, the U.S., and Egypt to ensure effective humanitarian aid to Gaza. Guterres believes that the aid provided so far has been insufficient.
Regarding the future of Gaza after the fighting ends, Guterres outlined a “best-case scenario” in which the Palestinian Authority assumes political control. He acknowledged the need for a negotiated transition period between the Palestinians and Israel.
Guterres emphasized the role that various entities, including the U.N., relevant countries in the region, and the United States, can play in facilitating a serious negotiation for a two-state solution.
Guterres stated that it is premature to discuss the possibility of a future U.N. peacekeeping force in Gaza.
The article was written by Michelle Nichols and edited by Will Dunham. The Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles apply to their work.
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