Supervisor Elham AbolFateh
Editor in Chief Mohamed Wadie

UN Chief Calls for Immediate Ceasefire as Situation in Gaza Worsens

Thu 08 Feb 2024 | 11:16 PM

In a recent press conference broadcasted by Cairo News Channel, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the deteriorating situation in Gaza, calling for an immediate and complete ceasefire. Guterres emphasized the urgent need to halt hostilities to prevent further harm to the Palestinian population, which is increasingly affected by famine and disease.

The Secretary-General expressed concerns over the possibility of an Israeli attack on Rafah, stating that it would be in Israel's interest to reach a truce. He stressed the importance of releasing detainees in Gaza as a humanitarian priority and pointed out ongoing violations of international law in the region.

The Israeli offensive on Gaza, which began on October 7th, has resulted in thousands of casualties and tens of thousands of injuries, along with significant destruction of infrastructure, including buildings and roads. The healthcare system in Gaza is in a dire state, with the ambulance service nearly collapsed due to the bombing of approximately 108 ambulances by Israeli forces. Out of 36 hospitals, only 11 are partially operational.

Moreover, the majority of hospitals in Gaza and its northern regions have been stormed by occupying forces, with medical staff, displaced individuals, patients, and the wounded subjected to mistreatment. A total of 34 medical personnel have been detained.

This ongoing conflict underscores the critical need for international intervention to facilitate a ceasefire and ensure the safety and well-being of the Gaza population. The global community, led by entities such as the United Nations, is urged to take decisive action to address the humanitarian crisis and restore peace in the region.