UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the announcement of a ceasefire in Gaza and Israel, commending Egypt for its efforts carried out, in close coordination with the UN, to help restore calm.
In a statement, Guterres called on all parties to abide by the ceasefire, expressing his deep sorrow over the loss of life and injuries, including children, from the air strikes in Gaza and the indiscriminate firing of rockets towards Israel.
He also noted that the hostilities contributed to a humanitarian emergency, saying: “The crossings into Gaza have been closed and the power outage affects basic facilities and supplies. Hundreds of buildings and homes have been destroyed or damaged, leaving thousands of Palestinians homeless.”
Moreover, Guterres reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to achieving a two-state solution based on relevant UN resolutions, international law, and previous agreements, and the importance of restoring a political horizon.
“Only a sustainable, negotiated political solution will, once and for all, end these devastating cycles of violence and lead to a peaceful future for Palestinians and Israelis alike,” he said, extending his deepest condolences to the victims of violence and their loved ones.