United Nations will provide $1.2 billion in aid to Gaza: Guterres

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated his call for a humanitarian ceasefire, announcing that the U.N. and its partners have launched a $1.2 billion humanitarian campaign to help 2.7 million people in the Gaza Strip.

United Nations will provide $1.2 billion in aid to Gaza: Guterres

The United Nations and its partners are calling for support of the $1.2 billion humanitarian aid campaign launched to help the 2.7 million people in the Gaza Strip, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday at the organization's headquarters in New York.

Guterres made statements on Israel's attacks on Gaza and emphasized that the situation in the Gaza Strip is more than a humanitarian crisis.

He called for support to the $1.2 billion humanitarian campaign launched by the U.N. and its partners to help the 2.7 million people in the Gaza.

'GAZA TURNS INTO MASS GRAVE'

The U.N. Secretary-General expressed concern about the spread of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the region.

"Tensions are also rising in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Gaza is turning into a mass grave for children. Hundreds of boys and girls are reportedly killed or injured every day," he said.

HIGHEST DEATH TOLL OF JOURNALISTS IN 30 YEARS

Guterres also referred to the number of journalists and U.N. staff killed in the conflict. He reported that more journalists were killed in the four weeks than in any conflict in at least 30 years. He also added that the number of U.N. personnel killed were also higher than in similar periods.

FULFILMENT OF NEEDS IMPORTANT

Guterres stated that with the call launched by the U.N. and its partners, the entire population in the Gaza Strip and half a million Palestinians in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, will be assisted, and stated that the humanitarian aid traveling from Egypt to the Gaza Strip through the Rafah Border Gate is very important.

The U.N. Chief reminded that 500 aid lorries a day entered the Gaza Strip before the fighting started and that 400 aid lorries have crossed into the Gaza Strip over the past two weeks. He noted that the most needed item, fuel, was not available in these aid lorries as he referred to the fuel crisis in the Gaza Strip.

"Without fuel, newborn babies in incubators and patients on life support will die. Water cannot be pumped or treated. Sewage may soon start gushing into the streets, causing diseases to spread further," he added.

'NO ONE IS SAFE'

Guterres reiterated his calls for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, for all parties to respect international humanitarian law, and for Hamas to unconditionally release all Israeli hostages held in the Gaza Strip.

He reminded once again that civilians, hospitals, U.N. facilities, shelters, and schools must be protected.

"The Israeli Army, through ground operations and continued shelling, are hitting civilians, hospitals, refugee camps, mosques, churches and U.N. facilities, including shelters. No one is safe," Guterres stated.

Stating that anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim sentiments are on the rise due to the recent conflicts, Guterres emphasized the need to put an end to hateful rhetoric and provocative actions and stated that both Jewish and Muslim communities in many parts of the world are concerned about their safety and security.

WHAT HAPPENED

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 Oct. 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 Israel killed 10,022 people, including 4,104 children, 2,641 women, and 397 elderly people. It injured at least 32,000 people in its attacks on Gaza.

It was reported that 1,400 Israelis, including 324 soldiers, were killed and 5,132 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 2.5 million Palestinians to leave the blockaded Gaza.

In the occupied West Bank, 106 Palestinians were killed in attacks by Israeli forces and Jewish settlers. In Israel’s attacks on Gaza, 38 journalists were killed.

In the clashes between the Israeli army and Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border since Oct. 8, 55 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 Jabalia Refugee Camp in Gaza, killing civilians.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he was breaking off all contact with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because of Israeli attacks on civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Source: Newsroom

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