UN Chief Guterres angers Israel by saying Palestine occupied

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United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), said that Palestine is under occupation. Following these words, a statement came from the Israeli front that the meeting with Guterres was canceled.

UN Chief Guterres angers Israel by saying Palestine occupied

Israel was angered by the speech of United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the high-level Israeli-Palestinian session of the United Nations Security Council. In his speech, Guterres first condemned the attacks carried out by Hamas in Israel on October 7.

"We must also recognize that Hamas attacks have not come out of nowhere. The Palestinian people have been subjected to 56 years of suffocating occupation. They have witnessed violence and the gradual takeover of their land by settlements. Their economy has been destroyed, their people displaced and their homes razed to the ground. Their faith in a political solution is diminishing," Guterres said.

He emphasized that Hamas' attacks against Israelis "cannot justify collective punishment of the Palestinian people", reminding us that even war has rules.

Following this speech, Israeli Foreign MinisterEli Cohen announced that he canceled his meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

"I will not meet with the UN Secretary-General. After October 7 there is no such thing as a balanced approach. Hamas must be wiped off the face of the earth," Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen said in a post on the social media platform X.


Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, announced that they launched a comprehensive attack against Israel called "Al-Aqsa Flood" on the morning of October 7.

While thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel, armed groups entered the settlements in the region. The Israeli army also launched an attack on the Gaza Strip with dozens of warplanes.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that 4 thousand 651 people, including 1thousand 873 children and 1023 women, were killed and 14 thousand 245 injured in Israel's attacks on Gaza.

It was reported that 1 thousand 400 Israelis, including 306 soldiers, were killed and 5 thousand132 Israelis were wounded in the attacks from Gaza.

The Israeli army hit Damascus and Aleppo airports. As the Middle East is once again turning into a bloodbath, a deadline has been set for nearly 2 and a half million Palestinians to leave the blockaded Gaza.

In the occupied West Bank, 90 Palestinians were reportedly killed in attacks by Israeli forces and Jewish settlers.

In Israel's attacks on Gaza, 18 journalists were killed.

In the clashes between the Israeli army and Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border since October 8, 24 Hezbollah members and 4 civilians, one of whom was a journalist, were killed. Three Israeli soldiers and one Israeli civilian were killed in the attacks organized by Lebanon. 

Most recently, Israel attacked the al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza, killing civilians.

Source: Newsroom

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